Eurostars is explicitly dedicated to financially supporting R&D-performing SMEs seeking radical commercialization through their innovative R&D projects.
Eurostars is a joint program co-financed by national budgets of 36 Eurostars countries and by the EU through Horizon 2020 and prioritizes SMEs.
Eurostars has a total public budget of €1.14 billion for the period 2014-2020 and seeks to strengthen European competitiveness in the global market by creating new jobs and grow high-tech SMEs.
Main Criteria for Eligibility
Before deciding to apply for Eurostars, it is important to see if your project fits into Eurostars’ eligibility criteria as below:
- Research-performing SMEs can apply for funding under Eurostars. Other SMEs, research institutes, universities, and large enterprises may also participate. However, the project leader must be an R&D-performing SME from a Eurostars country.
- Eurostars is open to all projects in all technology areas and market fields, but projects must have a civilian purpose.
- The consortium must include at least two partners independent from each other, and established in at least two different Eurostars countries. Organizations from any other country may participate (as a third country), but only if two Eurostars countries are already in the project.
- Subcontractors are not considered as project partners.
- The project must be completed in 36 months or less. The market introduction of the project results should be within 24 months of the completion of the project.