Eureka Eurostars

EUREKA Eurostars is a programme for market-oriented research and development, aimed at the participation of R&D-performing small and medium-sized enterprises. The scheme is open to all technology areas and market fields, but projects must have a civilian purpose. Projects must include at least two partners independent from each other and established in at least two different Eurostars countries and led by an R&D-performing SME from a Eurostars country. In the UK, only SME’s can apply with the total grant capped at 60% support up to €360,000. The scheme is open for funding applications on a continuous basis, with an average of two application submission deadlines each year. The programme has very strong average success rates per call: an average of 30% and up. Next deadline: TBC. Interested? Feel free to contact us.

Deadline: 12th September

Eureka Eurostars


Deadline: 2 calls per year in Spring and Autumn. Next deadline 12th September.

Competition summary

This competition is aimed at SMEs working on high-quality R&D projects across national borders. EUREKA Eurostars is a commercially focused scheme, encouraging international collaborative research and innovation projects that will be rapidly commercialised.

Deadlines: 2 calls per year in Spring and Autumn. Next deadline 12th September.

EUREKA Eurostars scope

You can apply for Eurostars funding for any sector or industry. It can address any technological area but must be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service. Your project must have a civilian purpose. It cannot have a military purpose.


A Eurostars project is:

  • Collaborative, meaning it must involve at least two participants (legal entities) from two different Eurostars member countries ; Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
  • Driven by a R&D-performing SME meaning a SME (EU definition) investing 10% or more of their turn-over or their full-time equivalent personal in research and development activities;
  • With strong participation of SMEs:  At least 50% of the total project costs related to R&D activities shall be carried out by the participating R&D-performing SME(s)
  • With well-balanced consortium, meaning that no participant or country will be required to invest more than 75% of the total project costs.
  • Project duration: up to 36 months

UK Eligibility Criteria:

  • Participants in a Eurostars project must be separate legal entities
  • Companies must be registered at Companies House and Trading for 12 months at the time of application
  • All work must be carried out in the UK
  • Project costs must be incurred in the UK
  • All eligible labour costs have to be PAYE
  • Subcontracting (preferably UK-based) is capped at 20% of the UK partner eligible costs
  • UK lead projects must be managed by an SME as per the Eurostars criteria. Project Management cannot be subcontracted
  • Subsidy Control and State Aid funding rules apply

Funding Rates EUREKA Eurostars

Dependent on national funding body rules for each participant. UK research performing SMEs are eligible for up to 60% of costs to €360K in line with Innovate UK rules. In the UK, only research-performing SME’s are eligible for funding. Academics/universities and large companies are welcome to participate in a Eurostars project, but must fund their own participation or use funds from other sources. UK registered SME’s can apply for a total grant of up to €360,000 for each eligible UK project partner or 60% of total eligible project costs, whichever is the least. To check co-financing rules per country, please visit the following link with all necessary information:

Applying for EUREKA Eurostars

Do you want to apply for EUREKA Eurostars? We can support you in the application development phase. We have a very strong average success rates per call with an average of 30% and above. But we are also able to help you identify potential project partners and with the qualification of your project ideas.

For further information or to discuss a project idea please contact PNO Consultants: 0161 488 3488 or fill out the contact form below. 

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