Funding Programmes



The Eurostars programme, organised by Eureka, supports innovative SMEs and their partners (large companies, academic institutions, research institutes, and any other types of organisations) by funding international collaborative R&D and innovation projects.

In a Eurostars project, a minimum of 2 partners from different Eureka member states work jointly to develop a new technology or a new product. The programme targets SME-driven projects having high market potential and real technical barriers. Calls are open to all technological fields.

Funding applications can be targeted at the development of innovative products, processes, or services with a view to market launch. Commercialisation should be planned to start rapidly after the end of the project. For biotechnology, biomedical, and medical projects, commercialisation or clinical trials should be planned to start rapidly after the end of the project.

Commercial Opportunities

Eurostars co-funds in-house R&D activities undertaken by innovative SMEs, which in turn leads to accelerated product development and enhanced European SME competitiveness.

Funding Available

No formal limits are imposed on overall grant sizes but because Eurostars works as a joint programme, national rules apply to participants from a given member state.

To give an example, Danish SMEs may obtain a funding rate of between 60-75%, with a maximum requested contribution for Danish partners in a given project of €300k, or a total of €500k if more than one Danish partner participates.

Maximum duration of a Eurostars project is 3 years.


In Eurostars proposals, at least 2 partners from 2 different Eurostars countries need to participate, whereof at least 1 should be an innovative SME. Key evaluation criteria include:

  • Basic Assessment: Partnership, participants, and project structure. The quality of the project plan and the capabilities of the participants in relation to their tasks.
  • Technology and Innovation: The project must involve R&D and a clear advance in technology.
  • Market and Competitiveness: The market targeted, the profitability of the project results, and the competitive advantages foreseen for all participants involved.


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For more detailed information and latest updates, see the official programme website.

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