Fund Name: Eurostars
Project Length: 36 months
Project Value: up to €360,000
Deadline: 03/09/2020


Eurostars is a European funding programme dedicated to supporting R&D performing SMEs in innovative R&D projects. With its market-led approach, it encourages international collaborative research and innovation projects that will be rapidly commercialised.

Fund details
  • Undertake a project lead by an SME in a time frame of up to 36 months.
  • Projects need to reach commercialisation within 2 years post-project.
  • All projects must focus on collaboration, be market-oriented, and be bottom-up.
  • The lead partner must do at least 51% of the work and claim at least 51% of total project costs.
  • Each project must have at least one lead and one partner for a total of two companies collaborating.
  • Partners in the project must do tangible amounts of work as this will need to be justified within the budget and project plan.
Eligibility criteria
  • The project leader is an R&D-performing SME
  • The project contains at least two legal entities that are independent of one another
  • The budget (excluding subcontracting) of the R&D-performing SME(s) located in Eurostars Participating state(s) or Partner Country(ies) is equal to at least 50.00% of the total project budget
  • No single entity is responsible for more than 75.00 % of the project budget
  • The project meets the EUREKA criteria and must have a civilian purpose
  • Each of the participating organisations in the consortium is a legal entity in the host country
  • None of the participating organisations have convictions for fraudulent behaviour, other financial irregularities or illegal business practices
  • None of the participating organisations have been declared bankrupt or are in the process of being declared bankrupt
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