Eurostars is dedicated explicitly to supporting R&D-performing SMEs with their innovative R&D projects financially and seeks radical commercialization.

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 in 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.

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