EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars

It’s time to grow your innovative SME

Could our EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars funding programme be the perfect opportunity for your organisation?

EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars is the largest international funding programme for SMEs wishing to collaborate on R&D projects that create innovative products, processes or services for commercialisation. Your consortium must spotlight an innovative SME as the main project participant.

Choose project partners from SMEs, universities and research centres from any of the programme’s 37 participating countries. Organisations in non-participating countries can still join a EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars consortium.

  • 29% APPLICATIONS RECEIVE FUNDING
  • 1.75B€ PUBLIC/PRIVATE INVESTMENT SINCE 2014
  • 45% OF PARTICIPANTS REACH NEW MARKETS
  • 84% OF PROJECT PARTNERS FORM LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS

Why the EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars?

  • Gain access to public funding
  • Join an ever-growing international network of SMEs, universities and research centres
  • Collaborate on innovative and market-driven R&D projects with like-minded international partners
  • Access an expert support network
  • Improve private investors’ perception of your organisation

If your EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars application is successful, your national funding body will offer you a substantial grant to help with your R&D project costs. 

Business benefits for participants

  • Companies experience an average of 15% annual turnover increase
  • 69% of companies enter new markets and 68% achieve improved market shares
  • R&D relationships transform into business relationships
  • Increased visibility of organisations in their specialist fields

The EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars is a competitive programme that sees an average of 29% of project applications receive funding, meaning that submitting your project proposal is certainly worthwhile. The EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars submission process is centralised and the evaluation procedures (conducted by industry experts) are transparent and thorough.

Next EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars application deadline

15 September 2022

Submit your application - deadline 14:00 CEST

Contact your national funding body