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

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

  • Participants must demonstrate how they can achieve economic growth through participating in the project. The project should expect to generate further growth to the Maltese economy (e.g. economic activity increase, employment growth and generation of new knowledge). 
  • When a cash grant has been applied for, participants must not begin work on their project before formal approval from the Corporation. 
  • There must be at least one SME in your consortium if your project includes organisations outside of the European Union or European Economic Area. 
  • If there are research or knowledge organisations participating as collaborative partners in your consortium, they should be responsible for at least 10% of the eligible project costs. They must also have the right to publish their own research results. 
  • No single participating organisation should be responsible for more than 70% of the project costs.
  • Your company must not be an undertaking in difficulty

The next steps

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