EUROSTARS – Promotion Program for SME

EUROSTARS is a promotion program which aims to connect research impulsive small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in joint European research and development projects.


EUROSTARS is a promotion program which is carried out in a joint administration of EUREKA and the European Commission. EUROSTARS will be continued under the Horizon 2020 program by the name of EUROSTARS 2. The EUROSTARS promotion program is open to all technology industries for projects which focus on development of new products, processes or services for civil purposes. The project topics are selectable in accordance to the “bottom-up” principle from the participating partners.

What are the prerequisites for participation?

The focus of EUROSTARS lies on research impulsive SMEs. According to the definition these are small and medium sized enterprises which invest at least 10% of their turnover or deploy 10% of their employees in R&D projects.

Nonetheless, non-research impulsive SMEs, corporate businesses or research institutions can participate in EUROSTARS as a project partner:

The applicants should fulfill the following criteria:

  • Main applicant is a research impulsive SME from one of the participating EUROSTARS countries
  • Main applicant carries at least 50% of the aggregate costs (without subcontracts)
  • The partners stem from at least 2 EUROSTARS member countries
  • The maximum project term is 3 years.
  • The market launch takes place no later than 2 years after project closure
  • It has to be a balanced partnership, which means that no partner from any participating country accounts for more than 75% of the project costs.
  • The project may not receive subsidies from another promotion program.

During the application process the individual exploitation interests of the project partners should be evident. Universities and research institutes are also obliged to exploit the results of the project and to display this within the application.

The following states are members of EUROSTARS:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgari, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark,  Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,  Greece, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Turkey.

How much can be funded?

The funding of the projects comes from national means, to which the European Commission contributes. The promotions within Germany are considered a contribution, which makes them a non-repayable grant. The following table depicts the percentage of the potential promotion of each project partner:

ApplicantFunding rate of the eligible costs
Universities & research facilities (which are financed by federal and state governments) without a German SME as a project partner50%
Universities & research facilities (which are financed by federal and state governments) with a German SME as a project partner100%
All other research facilities (which operate on cost basis) without a German SME as project partner50%
All other research facilities (which operate on cost basis) with a German SME as project partner65%
Corporate businesses0%, but can participate in the project on own account


German project partners together can receive a maximum financial support of € 500,000 or the above mentioned percentage of the costs eligible for funding.

Non-eligible for grants are:

  • Clinic studies,
  • Applications which solely target the purchase of machines and assets, and
  • Travel costs to congresses, fairs and other conferences

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