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What is the Eurostars definition of an R&D-performing SME?

To qualify as an R&D-performing SME, an organisation must first comply with the EC definition of an SME. In addition, it must also meet the thresholds for dedicated R&D FTEs or turnover set by EUREKA.

SMEs with a headcount of 100 FTE employees or fewer must:

  • have at least 5.0 FTEs dedicated to R&D activities
  • or dedicate at least 10.00% of their FTE to R&D activities
  • or dedicate at least 10.00% of their turnover to R&D activities.

SMEs with a headcount of more than 100 FTE employees:

  • have at least 10.0 FTEs dedicated to R&D activities  
  • or dedicate at least 10.00% of their FTE to R&D activities
  • or dedicate at least 10.00% of their turnover to R&D activities.

This and all other eligibility criteria are described in detail in the Guidelines.

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