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EUREKA's Eurostars Programme is the first European funding and support programme to be specifically dedicated to SMEs. Eurostars will stimulate them to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing access to support and funding.

Eurostars is a joint programme between EUREKA and the European Commission designed to strengthen R&D-performing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The programme is open to all SMEs, regardless of branch of industry, sector or technology area. The objective of the Eurostars project must be to develop a new product, process or service.

Eurostars is administered by the EUREKA Secretariat in Brussels, and operates on the EUREKA network’s unbureaucratic “bottom-up” principle which gives companies full control over project content.

Norwegian companies applying for Eurostars funding will receive guidance and assistance from the EUREKA office at the Research Council.

Next submission date is February 28. 2019
 


Eligibility requirements for Eurostars projects

  • The project must involve collaboration with a least one partner from another Eurostars country.
  • The project leader must be an R&D-performing SME.
  • The company must fulfil the European Commission’s definition of an SME. See the User Guide to the SME definition for details.
  • To qualify as an R&D-performing SME, the company must satisfy one of the two following requirements:
    - At least 10 per cent of the company’s Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) must be dedicated to R&D activities, or
    - At least 10 per cent of the company’s turnover must be dedicated to R&D activities.
  • At least 50 per cent of the project’s R&D activities must be carried out by the participating R&D-performing SMEs.
  • The project may have a timeframe of maximum three years.
  • Project results must be introduced to the market within two years of project completion. (For companies in the biotechnology sector, clinical trials must be launched within two years of project completion.)

Limit of only one application per call per Norwegian SME. Maximum of two running projects per Norwegain SME.

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