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.

Eurostars adopts a decentralised funding methodology. As such participants do not receive funding directly from the EUREKA Secretariat or other European institutions. All funding to approved projects is managed by the Eurostars member countries according to national funding rules and procedures. These national funding rules and procedures are dependent on the member countries involved in the project. It is strongly advised to contact the National Project Coordinators (NPCs) who are able to provide up to date information. 

Who can apply

Any type of organisation can be part of a Eurostars project consortium, although the main partner must be an R&D-performing SME. To qualify as an R&D-performing SME an organisation must first comply with the EC definition of an SME. In addition, it must also meet the thresholds for dedicated R&D FTEs or turnover set by EUREKA. This and all other eligibility criteria are described in detail in the Guidelines for Eligibility.


Next registration and application will open in June 2016; deadline will be 15 Sep 2016.

(Calls for projects are launched every year in spring and autumn normally.)

Thematic focus

A Eurostars project can address any technological area for any market, but must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service. Water innovation is included. Key is the R&D activity in SMEs.