Eurostars supports international innovative projects led by research and development- performing small- and medium-sized enterprises (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.
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.
The role of SMEs for the economy has never been so important. Eurostars aims to bring increased value to the economy, higher growth and more job opportunities.
The new call for applications (cut-off 7) of the Eurostars-2 programme is now open for registration. The deadline to submit your project proposal is 14 September 2017.
On 13 June 2017, a webinar for potential applicants will cover the following topics:
• presentation of the Eurostars programme;
• why should I take part in Eurostars;
• the Eurostars process: application, evaluation, monitoring;
• an explanation of the eligibility criteria imposed on projects;
• a description of the evaluation criteria;
• tips and tricks for success;
The webinar will be followed by a questions and answers session.