Case studies

Case studies are summaries of some of the successful R&D projects that have been funded through one of our programmes in recent years. Read about the societal, environmental and commercial impact of these international collaborations.




Picking the right customer

A Croatian-Slovenian Eurostars consortium developed a service that helps companies make smart decisions about who to do business with. Tough economic times forced many Croatian firms into bankruptcy when their clients defaulted on payments. Yet, many of them could still be trading if they had better access to available data about the reliability and solvency of clients and their directors. The FINESSENCE team developed a web-page enabling subscribers to easily access and interpret this information.

The highly intuitive FINIFO website ( was an instant hit. The project’s initial sales model envisaged 100 paying subscribers, but that number quickly rose to more than 1,000. As FINESSENCE rolled out improvements to the website, including a major expansion to include companies in neighbouring countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, the lead project partner quadrupled its revenues and expanded from two to 16 employees, including sales, marketing and IT staff.

Project funded by Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovation and Investments HAMAG-BICRO (Croatia), and Slovenian Ministry of Economic Development and Technology (Slovenia)

  • Faculty of Economics, Univerza v Ljubljani (Slovenia – university)
  • 3sigmaSvetovalna Druzba ( Slovenia – SME)
  • BSS Poslovni Sustavi (Croatia – SME)
  • B2 Izobrazevanje In Informacijske Storitve (Slovenia – SME)
  • EL Koncept (Croatia – SME and leading role)

CELTIC Plus: NOTTS Clusters


Smart content delivery for the digital age

A scalable and robust video streaming solution was developed in an international consortium collaboration. It delivers adapted media content to smart devices, with the level of quality that customers expect and demand.

Over the Top (OTT) media distribution is transforming the telecommunications landscape. It enables content providers to bypass cable or broadcast television service providers that would traditionally have distributed such content. New business opportunities are being created, both for OTT providers and suppliers of smart TVs, tablets and smartphones, through which this content is consumed. However, internet architectures and business models are struggling to cope with the massive deployment of OTT services.

Through NOTTS, 27 technical innovations were delivered and are now on the market. They are enabling media service providers to guarantee quality of service and thus attract more customers. NOTTS technologies have also been recognised by global standardisation bodies.



Show some emotion to learn better

The EmotionLab consortium of Danish and Swedish SMEs and universities created a new technology to detect emotions. They can apply this understanding to develop further cutting-edge adaptive learning solutions to enhance science education and corporate laboratory training.

The modern world is based on scientific and technological innovation, but around two-thirds of science students in Europe drop out of their studies in high school or university. What can be done to engage and retain more young people in science and technology education?

The consortium’s approach was to transform and enlarge the learning environment. This was achieved by using technology creatively developed in interactive virtual learning environments that use gaming elements to drive engagement and understanding.

Project funded by: Innovation Fund Denmark, SERI (Switzerland)

  • Labster (Denmark – SME and lead partner)
  • Learn Technologies (Switzerland – SME)
  • University of Southern Denmark (university)



Real-time imaging: a vital step for precision medicine

A team of technology and medical specialists created a new system that greatly increases the speed with which medical imagery can be made available, enabling less invasive treatments for diseases such as cancer. MRI scans can take several minutes to produce, during which time the exact position of a cancerous tumour can change, for example if a patient moves slightly. The new system developed by SORTS project partners, including original software, makes MRI-based feedback available within a fraction of a second. Doctors can target treatment using non-invasive therapy systems such as linear accelerators and high-intensity focused ultrasound.

The new real-time, image-guided system is a vital step in the transition from invasive to non-invasive medical intervention. It significantly boosts the precision and effectiveness of treatment, reducing patient risk while increasing throughput. That means shorter hospital stays and lower health costs. The technology has been trialled at 16 university hospitals around the world.

  • Philips Medical Systems Nederland B.v.) (Netherlands – large company and leading role)

Solar CPC PVT Production


Scaling up solar energy innovation

A consortium of Swedish, Cypriot and Portuguese organisations powered by Solarus (a Dutch SME with a research centre in Sweden) have tested a unique solar collector (C-PVT) that combines solar photovoltaic electricity generation with solar thermal heat generation. Sunlight lands on an aluminium receiver with solar cells (protected by transparent silicone) on both sides. Then water flows inside the receiver cooling the cells, which gain 5% efficiency for every 10⁰C of temperature reduction. The project also successfully reduced production costs of the solar collector by automating their process and investing in new machinery (a silicone dispenser, solar tower and electroluminescence tester).

The esteem of Eurostars’ rigorous review process attracted venture capital of 6.7 million euro for Solarus and they’re ready to transform the energy market. The solar collectors can be used in energy-consuming industries like food production, hospitality, metal processing and to produce energy and heating in isolated communities.

Funded by RVO, Vinnova, Research Promotion Foundation and Agência Nacional de Inovação

  • Solarus Sunpower Sweden AB (Sweden – SME)



Super-fast broadband at home

A consortium of telecommunications experts brought next-generation broadband closer to market, further developing a new technology known as It can deliver high-speed internet access through a mashup of optical fibres and existing copper wires at a fraction of the cost of using all-optical solutions. The roll-out of optical fibre across cities and all the way into individual homes is a massive task. The GOLD project’s solution sees optical fibre neighbourhood distribution points with legacy telephone lines to transmit broadband services the last few metres into homes.

Recent years have witnessed an explosion in demand for video content and file-sharing, and developments to the Internet of Things require ever-increasing bandwidth. can deliver major cost reductions for consumers of these services, particularly within dense urban areas, as it significantly reduces the installation workload for utility providers and technicians.

  • Lund University (Sweden – university and leading role)



Meeting an unmet need: Smarter, safer addiction treatment

UK and Finnish companies and a university have patented a device for controlled dispensing of opioid substitutes for people overcoming heroin addictions. Opioid substitutes minimise withdrawal cravings, but intake must be monitored, as overconsumption or use combined with other drugs is dangerous.

FR-OST project’s prototype has fingerprinting technology for patients to unlock a portable drug dispenser (at pre-set times) only if there are no additional substances in their system and levels of the substitutes are balanced. Patients receive a safe supply of medication each week, allowing regular life at home and giving healthcare providers time to treat the causes of addiction. The device could be repurposed for pain medication and non-invasive drug testing by police.

The prototype will be manufactured and then marketed in Europe and the US with expected revenue for both companies, jobs created and royalties on sales. Project participants say Eurostars was instrumental in obtaining investment.



AI helps early detection of dementia

Through pioneering algorithmic analysis, a consortium of Dutch and Danish SMEs and a university developed software that uses AI to detect the signs and progression of dementia in a patient’s MRI scans.

One of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease is shrinkage of brain tissue, especially around the hippocampus, an area of the brain associated with the consolidation of short- and long-term memory. Understanding how the volume of the hippocampus changes as the disease advances could help with detection and prognosis.

However, each hospital has different MRI scanners, imaging processes and software. The consortium developed software that would work in all settings and still produce accurate results. Moreover, the AI system was trained to ensure an accuracy that’s comparable to human beings.

Project funded by: Innovation Fund (Denmark), RVO (The Netherlands)

  • Quantib (the Netherlands – SME and lead partner)
  • Biomediq (Denmark – SME)
  • Erasmus University Medical Centre (the Netherlands – university)