Eligibility criteria

The Eurostars programme has eligibility criteria in place to ensure that national funding is allocated to collaborative international R&D projects working on a marketable product, process or service. If your Eurostars project proposal does not meet all our eligibility criteria, your application will be rejected.

Eurostars helps SMEs

Eurostars is primarily a programme for R&D-performing SMEs. This does not exclude the participation of universities or research organisations in a project, but the main project partner must be an R&D-performing SME.

In addition, at least 50% of your total project budget (excluding subcontracting) must come from the SME. If there is more than one R&D-performing SME in the consortium, their combined budgets must equal at least 50% of your total project budget.

Eurostars inspires collaboration

Your project consortium must have partners (independent legal entities) based in at least two different countries participating in the Eurostars programme.

The overall project budget must also reflect the collaborative nature of the Eurostars programme:

  • No single organisation can be responsible for providing more than 75% of the total project budget
  • No participants from any one country can be responsible for providing more than 75% of the total project budget

Eurostars results in commercialisation

Your Eurostars project must research or develop new products, processes or services with commercialisation in mind. To encourage progress towards commercialisation, the Eurostars programme sets deadlines:

  • Projects must be completed less than 36 months after the project start date
  • Market introduction (or the start of clinical trials) must be planned within 24 months of the project’s completion

Other legal requirements

  • Your project must have a civilian purpose
  • None of the participants have convictions for fraudulent behaviour or illegal practices
  • None of the participants have been declared bankrupt

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

We advise all Eurostars applicants to read the complete guidelines before submitting their project application.

Go to the guidelines

We also recommend Eurostars applicants check their financial viability. This tool indicates whether you have the financial basis you need to apply to the programme. 

Check your financial viability

Contact your national funding body