Eurostars supports research-performing SMEs that develop innovative products, processes and services to gain a competitive advantage.
Eurostars 3 integrates specific improvement measures with the aim of reducing recruitment times, cutting administration and achieving greater synchronisation and integration of funding.
This funding programme involves up to 37 European countries that are members of the EUREKA network, and since 2016, Canada and South Africa have also participated. The amount of funding is managed by the National Funding Agencies.
The projects to be funded must be technically disruptive compared to the state of the art and have a clear market orientation, with a maximum of 2 years of market entry from the completion of the development project. This means that projects will be funded if they are in a state of technological development corresponding to a TRL4-6 at the start of the project.
To support research-performing SMEs developing innovative products, processes and services to gain a competitive advantage.
To apply, you must fulfil seven eligibility criteria:
The project consortium is led by an innovative SME from a participating country.
The project consortium is composed by at least two entities that are independent of one another.
The project consortium is composed by entities from at least two participating countries, with at least one organisation coming from an EU or Horizon Europe Associated Country.
The budget of the SMEs from the participating countries (excluding any subcontracting) is 50% or more of the total project cost.
No single participant or country is responsible for more than 70% of the budget of the project.
The project duration is 36 months or fewer.
The project has an exclusive focus on civil applications.
The lead participant must be an SME performing R&D activities.
The consortium must be well balanced (no single participant or country is responsible for more than 75%) – Average of 3-4 participants from 2-3 different countries. Even if an organisation is based outside the member countries, it may be eligible to participate in a Eurostars project in addition to the minimum of two participants established in two different Euros.
TYPE AND AMOUNT OF FUNDS
The amount of Eurostars funding your organisation receives when you participate in a project is managed by your national funding body. Funding rules vary from country to country and your national funding body decides:
which organisations can receive funding,
which project activities can be funded and
funding rates and thresholds.
The upper limit for subcontracting by a company is 50% of its total eligible cost.