Eurostars is a funding instrument that supports innovative SMEs and project partners (large companies, universities, research organisations and other types of organisations) by funding international collaborative R&D and innovation projects. By participating, organisations from 37 countries can access public funding for international collaborative R&D projects in all fields.
You can submit your R&D and innovation project application between 13 July 2022 and 15 September 2022 at 14:00 CET. Your project consortium must have an innovative SME in the leading role, but it can also include other types of organisations like large companies, universities, research organisations and more.
To apply, you must fulfil seven eligibility criteria:
*We define an innovative SME as any SMEs with the ambition to collaborate on R&D and innovation with international partners to develop new products, processes and services for European and global markets. Innovative SMEs do not need to have a proven track record of R&D activities.
R&D: “Research and experimental development (R&D) comprise creative and systematic work undertaken in order to increase the stock of knowledge – including knowledge of humankind, culture and society – and to devise new applications of available knowledge.” (OECD Frascati Manual 2015, p. 44)
Innovation: “a new or improved product or process (or combination thereof) that differs significantly from the unit’s previous products or processes and that has been made available to potential users (product) or brought into use by the unit (process).” (OECD Oslo Manual 2018, p. 20)
**Eurostars countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, 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, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Eurostars countries which are not an EU member state or a Horizon Europe Associated Country: Canada, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa and Switzerland.
***If justified, you may be permitted an extension after your project has started. This must be approved by the Independent Evaluation Panel, Eureka Secretariat and relevant national funding bodies.
Please read all our guidelines before submitting a project application. If your application does not meet all our eligibility criteria, your application will be rejected.
The amount of Eurostars funding your organisation receives when you participate in a project is managed by your national funding body. Funding rules vary from country to country and your national funding body decides:
If you are from a Eurostars country, you can discover what funding is available for your organisation in your country on our country-specific pages and contact your national or regional funding body using our contact form.
Organisations from non-Eurostars countries can participate by self-funding their project costs.
Evaluation and results
Eurostars has a centralised and transparent evaluation for selecting projects to receive funding. Learn more about our evaluation and monitoring process on our website.
Independent evaluators will score and rank your project application against three criteria and sub-criteria:
Results are communicated at each step:
Applications are considered for funding if:
They are among the best 200 projects evaluated by the remote experts which progress to the independent evaluation panel.
All project partners receive a positive legal and financial viability outcome.
We will communicate whether your project will receive funding by mid December 2022 and the objective is that agreements with your national funding body are signed between five and seven months after the submission deadline.
If your project application was rejected and you believe this was due to a procedural mistake during the eligibility check, the legal and financial viability check or the evaluation of your application, the consortium lead can submit a redress request. A redress request can only be based on procedural grounds, with clear evidence of the reasons for complaint.
Applying to Eurostars 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 develop.
Depending on what country you are based in, you may need to add a financial annex:
Contact your national funding body to discuss which documents you need to provide. If you are an organisation that is 100% publicly funded, you will not have to provide a financial annex.
You can also include annexes to support your project application:
5.Submit your completed application form before the deadline.
For detailed information about applying to our Eurostars programme, read our guidelines.
Please note: Your national or regional funding body may need you to complete additional steps to apply to Eurostars. If you do not provide the information required by your national or regional funding body, you may render yourself ineligible to receive public funding.