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Eurostars is today the only European fund to be dedicated to small and medium-sized companies specialising in high-tech research. Financed by the governments of thirty-three European countries, the Eurostars Programme is supporting innovators all over the continent. The next deadline for the submission of an application for Eurostars funding is 4 April 2013, 20:00 C.E.S.T.
Within Eurostars, small businesses lead international research projects where they partner with other small companies, universities and big companies. The track record of a completed Eurostars project proves that a small company is able to manage a large international project, helping it to gain recognition from banks, private investors and blue chip companies.
'THE NEXT DEADLINE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF AN APPLICATION FOR EUROSTARS FUNDING IS 4 APRIL 2013, 20:00 C.E.S.T.'
Eurostars participants are allowed funding for the development of new high-tech products: 75% of the funds come from national funds and 25% from the European Commission, bringing national agencies to cooperate and share public funds across countries.
Because Eurostars was designed for small companies, it is much easier to participate in this programme than it is with other similar European instruments, as the application and reporting processes are significantly simpler in comparison.
Eurostars funding is used for the development of new technological products and purely academic projects are not eligible for Eurostars funding. The aim is to create the new star company that will lead the European high-tech industry in the future!
As a joint programme between national governments and the European Commission, Eurostars will continue under Horizon 2020! The European Commission recently published its roadmap for the continuation of the Eurostars Programme.