The Eurostars programme is a joint programme funded by the EU and by the Eurostar member countries. This programme is dedicated to SMEs that reinvest at least 10% of their turnover or full-time equivalent to research activities. This programme has a bottom-up approach which means that the research is open to any field.
The goal of Eurostars is to enable market driven research activities of SMEs to compete internationally and to become leaders in a given sector.
- The project must meet the EUREKA criteria: it can address any technology but must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service.
- The leading SME must be a R&D performing SME
- All the SMEs must fulfill the EU-adopted definition of an SME
- The leading SME must be based in Eurostars member state
- There has to be at least one other participant from a Eurostars country
- The R&D performing SMEs must undertake 50% of total project cost
- No partner or country is performing more than 75% of project total cost
- The project duration is <= 3 years
- Market introduction is foreseen within 2 years after project end
Note: In each participating country, different national funding rules apply.