Eligibility criteria

Eurostars is a funding programme that supports innovative SMEs and project partners (large companies, universities or research organisations) by funding international collaborative R&D and innovation projects. Projects should result in the creation of new products, processes and services that can be rapidly commercialised in European or global markets.

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. 

To better understand these criteria, read our eligibility guidelines.

*SMEs (according to the EU definition) with the ambition to collaborate on R&D and innovation with foreign 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.

**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, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom. 

National criteria

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

  • Danish SMEs can only participate in one Eurostars project per application deadline.
  • 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 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.
  • 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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