“Eurostars was a good introduction to public funding. The simplicity of the programme and its flexibility made it stand out from other options.”

Jan Reichelt, Mendeley Eurostars

  • The Eurostars Funding scheme is best suited for SME’s who are new to public finding. It can be an essential step for developing the skills and knowledge to understanding how public funding works.
  • So who can apply for the Eurostars funding scheme? Mainly research-performing SMEs can apply for funding under Eurostars. Other SMEs, research institutes, universities and large enterprises may also participate but the project leader must be an R&D-performing SME from a Eurostars country.
  • In order for a project to be successfully funded there must be evidence that the consortium includes at least two partners independent from each other and established in at least two different Eurostars countries. Organisations from any other country may participate (as a third country), but only if two Eurostars countries are already in the project.
  • In order for the consortium to be funded the work has to be done in-house by R&D performing SMEs, meaning that the budget of the R&D performing SME located in a Eurostars country has to be equal to at least 50% of the total project budget.
  • The project, in order to be eligible for the funding, must be designed to last up to 36 months.
  • The above figure visually represents the Eurostars evaluation process. It is a fast process in which applicants are kept informed on the progress of their application through the various phases below:
    1. Approximately 4 weeks after the submission deadline, applicants are informed on the eligibility of their application.
    2. Approximately 14 weeks after the submission deadline, a ranking list is endorsed by the Eurostars High Level Group (HLG). Applicants are informed by official email whether their application is above or below the quality threshold and if it is being considered for funding.
    3. Approximately 19 weeks after the submission deadline, an official letter informs applicants that are ranked above the quality threshold of the availability of funding.
    4. If your project is approved for funding, the main participant must provide a copy of the final consortium agreement signed by all consortium members, to the ESE within 12 weeks of the Eurostars communication of the funding results.