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Ethics guidelines

The documents attached below outline the Eurostars programme’s ethics requirements and provide you with guidelines for self-assessing your R&D project both before submitting your application and whilst the project is running.

Ethics in Eurostars

For your Eurostars application to be approved to receive funding, your proposal must comply with:

Familiarise yourself with all the relevant documents listed above before using Horizon 2020’s guide How to complete your ethics self-assessment? to fill in the Eurostars Ethics Issues Table and Ethics Requirement Form for your application. Following this guide will reduce your chances of being rejected for funding from the Eurostars programme because of ethics issues and help you to ensure that your proposal is compliant with applicable international, European Union and national law.

We recommend that you consult ethics advisors (either externally or within your organisation) to help with both the planning and implementation of your project. How to complete your ethics self-assessment? provides ethics self-assessment guidelines for organisations working with:

  • Human embryos and foetuses
  • Human beings
  • Human cells or tissues
  • Personal data
  • Animals
  • Non-EU countries
  • Environment, health and safety
  • Dual use
  • Exclusive focus on civil applications
  • Potential misuse of research results
  • Other ethics issues

Eurostars ethics appraisal process

The Eurostars programme has an ethics appraisal process that evaluates your project proposal after submission and monitors your project during its running time.

Step 1: Self-assessment

To self-assess your project proposal before applying to the Eurostars programme, follow the guidelines provided by Horizon 2020: How to complete your ethics self-assessment? Use these to fill in your Eurostars ethics issues table, which should be attached as an annex to your Eurostars application form.

Step 2a: Pre-screening and Screening

Two ethics experts perform a pre-screening of applications by selecting project proposals that might face ethical issues. Then (on screening the selected applications) experts provide a report on the project’s objectives, methodology and potential impact.

Step 2b: Ethics Assessment

The Eurostars programme experts also conduct an in-depth analysis of ethics issues and (if necessary) and give recommendations on how to resolve them.

Step 3: Ethics Check

At various points during the project’s running time, ethics checks will be conducted on projects to ensure that they comply with ethics requirements.

Ethics Review results

There are three possible outcomes of your project’s Ethics Review:

  • Ethics clearance
  • Conditional ethics clearance (you must provide additional information to clarify and/ or resolve ethics issues)
  • No ethics clearance (ethics issues are significant enough for the proposal to be rejected)  

Ethics requirements are contractual obligations. If your project has significant ethics issues, it will be rejected for funding and/ or funding installments will be withheld.  

Please address these ethics requirements by filling in the Ethics Requirements Form and sending it to

Contact if you have questions regarding the Eurostars programme’s ethics appraisal process.

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