The EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars eligibility criteria for Denmark

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To apply, you must fulfill seven eligibility criteria:

  • The project consortium is led by an innovative SME* from a EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars country.
  • The project consortium is composed of at least two entities that are independent from one another.
  • The project consortium is composed of entities from at least two participating countries with a minimum of one organisation 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 less***.
  • The project has an exclusive focus on civil applications. 

*We define an innovative SME as any SMEs with the ambition to collaborate on R&D and innovation with international partners to develop new products, processes and services for European and global markets. Innovative SMEs do not need to have a proven track record of R&D activities.

R&D: “Research and experimental development (R&D) comprise creative and systematic work undertaken in order to increase the stock of knowledge – including knowledge of humankind, culture and society – and to devise new applications of available knowledge.” (OECD Frascati Manual 2015, p. 44)

Innovation: “a new or improved product or process (or combination thereof) that differs significantly from the unit’s previous products or processes and that has been made available to potential users (product) or brought into use by the unit (process).” (OECD Oslo Manual 2018, p. 20)

**The EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Türkiye and the United Kingdom.

***If justified, you may be permitted an extension after your project has started. This must be approved by the Independent Evaluation Panel, Eureka Secretariat and relevant national funding bodies. 

Please read all our guidelines before submitting a project application. If you do not meet all our eligibility criteria, your application will be rejected.

National criteria

IFD has additional national criteria for projects to be eligible to receive funding:

  • Danish SMEs can only participate in one EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars project per application deadline.
  • Projects without a participating Danish SME will not be eligible for funding from IFD.
  • Danish SMEs must have a turnover of at least 2 million Danish krone OR have obtained at least 500,000 Danish krone in equity or attracted the same amount in investments in the past financial year.
  •  Danish participants must be registered as legal entities based in Denmark, and the activities funded through the EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars must be conducted in Denmark.
  •  Danish participants must (upon request) prove that they can support their part of the project costs.
  •  Danish startups (companies existing for less than three years) must state their ability to fund their part of the project costs (not including funding received from other publicly-funded projects). Companies that have existed for more than one year will be requested to present an audited annual account from the last full year.
  •  The national funding body Innovation Fund Denmark does not have a requirement for Danish applicants to upload a financial annex to the application. IFD Denmark will draw on data from the Central Business Register. If needed however IFD Denmark might ask for further information in the process of the legal and financial viability check after call deadline.
  •  Any subcontracting must be clearly described in your application and budget overview. If it is decided at a later stage (i.e. after the project has been approved), you must submit a formal change request for it to be approved by the IFD and Eureka.
  •  An SME must fill the criteria outlined in the EU definition and must not qualify as an undertaking in difficulty according to EU state aid rules.

The next steps

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