How to apply for the EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars in United Kingdom
Applying to our EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars funding programme is designed to be quick and simple. In your application, you can tell us more about your organisation and the innovative new product, process or service you plan to research or develop.
1. Contact Innovate UK using the form below to discuss your project idea, funding rules in your country, financial viability and eligibility.
2. Create an account (one per project application) on our project platform.
3. On the platform, complete one application form per consortium (in English) and submit it electronically. The portal allows you to save, revisit and edit your application form, giving you time to confirm all information is correct.
4. Upload annexes by attaching them to your online application form. You must complete and upload:
- a signed commitment and signature form
- (if you are an SME) an SME declaration
Depending on what country you are based in, you may need to add a financial annex:
- financial reports
- (if you are a startup) a business plan
Contact Innovate UK to discuss which documents you need to provide and how to submit them. You may need to submit documents directly to Innovate UK rather than attaching them to your application form. If you are an organisation that is 100% publicly funded (e.g. universities, hospitals, etc.), you will not have to provide a financial annex.
You can also include annexes to support your project application:
- a technical annex (related to the project)
- a Gantt chart
5. Submit your completed application form before the deadline.
6. UK participants (and their consortium partners) must also submit an independent accountant’s report (IAR) with the final claim. The UK withholds the final 15% of a grant and will only be released once an independent audit has been carried out on the expenditure of the UK participation. If your organisation (or any organisation in your consortium) fails to submit an IAR, funding will be withheld until Innovate UK receives these documents.
A funding decision is made within 90 days of receiving a national notification post a positive evaluation (on average).
For detailed information about applying to our EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars programme, read our guidelines.