Co-funded by EUREKA member
countries and the European Union
Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.
We encourage you to browse our FAQ section, which answers many of the questions you might have. There you will find a range of information for applicants, participants and experts. If you wish to get in touch with us, please use the contact form below to submit your enquiry. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
Eurostars has been running successfully since 2007. It is the first European funding and support programme to be specifically dedicated to support the niche market of research-performing SMEs in their innovative R&D projects. With its bottom-up approach, it stimulates international collaborative research and innovation projects that will be rapidly commercialised. Participation in a Eurostars project can become a passport to growth, further innovation, an opening to new global markets and even greater business success.
Eurostars is a joint programme supporting R&D performing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). It is co-funded from the national budgets of 36 Eurostars countries and by the European Union through Horizon 2020. Participating countries earmark funds for their participants following national funding rules and procedures.
The countries participating in Eurostars through the EUREKA network of national offices are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.
EUREKA is a publicly-funded, intergovernmental network, involving over 40 countries. EUREKA’s aim is to enhance European competitiveness by fostering innovation-driven entrepreneurship in Europe, between small and large industry, research institutes and universities. By doing this, EUREKA concentrates the existing potential of experts, of knowledge, research facilities and financial resources in a more efficient way. EUREKA is constantly proving its value through a wealth of success stories – innovative products, processes and services that have been launched onto the market over the last 30 years, creating additional turnover and jobs for European companies, small and large – and by supporting the internationalization of businesses with innovative ideas.
EUREKA is a leading open platform for international cooperation in innovation. It is present in over 40 countries and remains to this day the only initiative of its kind committed to the ‘bottom-up’ principle - ensuring that any R&D project with a good business plan receives the support it deserves, independent of its technological nature, or the type of organisations involved.
Yes. You can subscribe to the EUREKA eNewsletter, a monthly electronic bulletin with the latest information about Eurostars and all of the activities of EUREKA. You can subscribe here: http://www.eurekanetwork.org/news.
No. A Eurostars project can address any technological area for any market, but must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service.
No. Any type of organisation can be part of a Eurostars project consortium, although the main partner must be 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.
This and all other eligibility criteria are described in detail in the Guidelines for Eligibility.
"SME" stands for small and medium-sized enterprises – as defined in EU law: EU recommendation 2003/361.
The main factors determining whether a company is an SME are:
To qualify as an SME, an organisation must conform to the EC definition of an SME. (http://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/business-friendly-environment/sme-definition/index_en.htm)
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:
SMEs with a headcount of more than 100 FTE employees:
The National Project Coordinator (NPC) in each member country can address specific questions and will guide you through the straightforward application process. We strongly advise you and your project partners to contact them for more comprehensive information on the national funding rules and for assistance in preparing an application.
There are a number of eligibility criteria that all applications must meet in order to proceed to the evaluation phase of the programme. An explanation of the eligibility criteria imposed by the programme and the method of calculation are provided in detail in the Eligibility Guidelines.
The search for potential partners is not within the scope of Eurostars. We would however strongly advise you to contact your National Project Coordinator (NPC) for assistance in this matter.
The Eurostars website is a complete portal for registering your interest, searching for information, downloading relevant guidelines and submitting your complete Eurostars application.
We strongly advise applicants to contact their National Project Coordinator (NPC) who can offer advice and more detailed information on the funding rules and procedures.
Potential applicants must register to our website in order to gain access to the online application form and read the Guidelines for completing an online application. It provides an overview of the online application form and information on how to complete the various sections. These guidelines are updated regularly, so you must ensure that you have the latest version.
It is possible to re-submit an application however if the application did not meet the quality threshold, improvements must be made.
If the application was below the quality threshold and no changes have been made, it is difficult to justify spending public money on a second evaluation.
Applications cannot be changed after the submission deadline.
It is not possible to retrieve the e-mail containing your username and password. In order to gain access to view and download the Eurostars application and other information, you need to re-register to the Eurostars website.
Applicants are kept informed on the progress of their application through the various phases;
Applicants can contact their National Project Coordinator (NPC) for any further information or support during the application process. The Eurostars Team at the EUREKA Secretariat in Brussels can also be contacted at email@example.com.
Eurostars adopts a decentralised funding methodology. As such participants do not receive funding directly from the EUREKA Secretariat or other European institutions. All funding to approved projects is managed by the Eurostars member countries according to national funding rules and procedures. These national funding rules and procedures are dependent on the member countries involved in the project.
You and your project partners are strongly advised to contact your National Project Coordinators (NPCs) who are able to provide you with up to date information.
Eurostars which is managed by the EUREKA Secretariat in Brussels Belgium, reserves the right to use any project as a case study or success story to publicise its programme. Publicity material will be agreed with the consortium members before release.
The information contained in this website is related to the Eurostars Programme (2008-2013) and the Eurostars-2 Programme (2014-2020) which for practical reasons are referred to solely by the name of Eurostars unless stated otherwise.