Eurostars

Eurostars is part of the European Partnership on Innovative SMEs. The partnership is co-funded by the European Union through Horizon Europe.

It’s time to grow your innovative SME

Could our Eurostars funding programme be the perfect opportunity for your organisation?

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 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 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 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

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. Eurostars submission process is centralised and the evaluation procedures (conducted by industry experts) are transparent and thorough.

Next Eurostars application deadline

15 September 2022

Submit your application - deadline 14:00 CEST

Contact your national funding body