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Eurostars-2 programme: Call for Applications

For Clusters with R&D-performing SME members!

The next cut-off deadline for Eurostars funding applications is 01 March 2018 at 20:00 CET

Eurostars is a joint programme between EUREKA and the European Commission, co-funded from the national budgets of 36 Eurostars Participating States and Partner Countries and by the European Union through Horizon 2020. In the 2014-2020 period it has a total public budget of €1.14 billion.

Eurostars supports international innovative projects led by R&D-performing SMEs. With its bottom-up approach, Eurostars supports the development of rapidly marketable innovative products, processes and services that help improve the daily lives of people around the world. Eurostars has been carefully developed to meet the specific needs of SMEs. It is an ideal first step in international cooperation, enabling small businesses to combine and share expertise and benefit from working beyond national borders.

To help prepare your project submission before the next Eurostars cut-off opening here are the main eligibility criteria you will need to follow: 

  • Research-performing SMEs can apply for funding under Eurostars. Other SMEs, research institutes, universities and large enterprises may also participate but the project leader must be an R&D-performing SME from a Eurostars country.
  • Eurostars is open to all projects in all technology areas and market fields, but projects must have a civilian purpose.
  • The consortium must include at least two partners independent from each other and established in at least two different Eurostars countries. Organisations from any other country may participate (as a third country), but only if two Eurostars countries are already in the project. Subcontractors are not considered as project partners.
  • The project must be completed in 36 months or less. The Eurostars project market introduction of the project results should be within 24 months of the completion of the project.

All eligibility rules are available here


Eurostars is organizing roadshows in member countries and webinars to help future project participants in their submission process. Next Eurostars Webinar - Helping SMEs to innovate will take place Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 11:00 to 12:00. Also the Infoday EUROSTARS organized Friday, December 15, 2017 - 08:30 to 15:00 will further provide insight about the Eurostars-2 funding and support programme for SMEs.


Please find more information on the programme as well as eligibility criteria and relevant Eurostars guideline here.