|Eurostars||The Eurostars scheme is limited in terms of the monetary support it can provide for each project.
Eurostars provides funding mainly for transnational, collaborative projects, led by R&D performing SMEs in participating EUREKA countries. Therefore if you are another type of SME or your scope lies outside the restriction of the EUREKA countries, the chance of your project being selected is greatly diminished.
|SME instrument||The SME instrument is not specifically geared towards SME’s with little or no experience in securing EU funding
The process requires projects with established partnerships which can be difficult to develop if you are an SME new to this type of funding
The funding pool available for the SME instrument is quite limited in terms of the support they can provide per project life
The regulations regarding the phases in the SME instrument stipulate that you can only be involved in one partnership with one project at either phase 1 or 2. This restriction reduces the amount of funding that could be available to you at the one time if you are an SME who has an interest in more than one partnership project.
|Mainstream H2020||For SMEs unfamiliar with EU funding, H2020 funding is difficult to break into.
Realistically you need to have previous experience applying for EU funding in order to be successful in the leading a Mainstream H2020 proposal
Excellence in Science funding is reserved primarily for University led projects that have little input from SME’s.