Eurostars – for small and medium-sized enterprises

Norwegian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that carry out research and development may seek funding for R&D projects from the Eurostars Programme. To be eligible for funding, projects must seek to develop new products, services or processes to be introduced to the market within two years of project completion. The projectsd must have international collaboration. Funding is available in all branches of industry and may address any technological area.

Eurostars is a support scheme for SMEs planning an R&D project with international cooperation. Eurostars projects are collaborative projects, where all partners shall have a clear role in the project and interest in the result.

New criteria for Norwegian applicants from July 2022

All Norwegian Eurostars applications must include a Norwegian SME. Norwegian R&D organisations and large companies can no longer apply without a Norwegian SME in their Eurostars consortium.

The call for proposals for Eurostars opens for applications 13 July 2022. The application submission deadline is 15 September 14.00 CET. Read more about the call here.

The EUREKA secretariat will hold a webinar for applicants on 12 July, from 11.00 to 12.00 in the morning (CEST). Anyone who would like to attend the webinar can register here

Grant applications must be created via Eurostar's international website.

  1. The main partner in the project must submit the application on behalf of all project partners in the consortium.
  2. In order to access the grant application form, you must register here on Eurostar's website.

There are two deadlines for Eurostars every year, one in February/March and one in September/October. The call for proposals will be published six weeks in advance.

Find more information on Eureka’s website.

To qualify for funding, the project must meet a number of criteria

  1. The applicant company must fall under the definition small or medium-sized enterprise
    (SME definition | Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (europa.eu))
  2. All partners must be able to finance their own part of the project.
  3. SMBs must have at least NOK 500 000 in equity at the time of the (Documentation requirements: Publicly approved annual accounts. Alternatively, in the event of a capital increase, there must be a declaration from the auditor, lawyer, financial institution/bank or accountant).
  4. The main partner/project manager submits the application on behalf of all project partners in the consortium.
  5. At least 50 percent of the total project costs must be covered by the partners in the project. Subcontractors cannot therefore exceed the total project costs by 49 per cent.
  6. In the project, there must be cooperation between several companies, or between companies and R&D institutions.
  7. Cooperation between at least two independent partners from at least two Eurostars countries. The project must have a clear goal of new product, process or service.
  8. Introduction to the market/commercialisation must be planned no later than two years after the end of the project.
  9. The activities that can be supported must fall under the definition of industrial research or experimental development.

See more detailed information on the criteria for support in Eurostars here.

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