Eurostars supports international innovation projects led by innovative and R&D-driven SMEs. The two core characteristics of a good Eurostars project are innovation and market potential. Eurostars offer the opportunity to work together with chain partners on the development of new products, processes or services and accelerate their market introduction.
Thirty-four countries participate in this programme, each in their own way. Eurostars is structured in a bottom-up manner and is open to all disciplines. There is a deadline twice a year, each with its own budget.
Target audiences of Eurostars
Eurostars is interesting for all types of organisations, from businesses to research institutes. One condition is that projects are be led by innovative and R&D-driven SMEs. In the Netherlands, non-SME parties are only eligible for participation and financing if certain conditions are met.
Conditions, characteristics and figures
- Dutch budget: appr. euro 9 million per call
- Primarily directed at SMEs with a new and innovative product/process/service that they wish to introduce on the market quickly
- Cooperation between at least two parties from at least two different Eurostars countries
- Eurostars countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, 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, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.
- Rules and subsidy percentages differ per country. In the Netherlands, the following applies: 25 – 50% subsidy of direct costs with a maximum of €500,000 for the Dutch partners in a project
- Next deadline: 2 March 2017 and 14 September 2017.