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Why to deal with this? Eurostars/ EUREKA is a open topic research programme for small and medium enterprises (SME, definition: less than 250 employees, less than 50 Mio. annual turnover) given the coordinating SME a free choice on the proposal topic.

Any technology field is eligible. In 2011, two thirds of the proposals have been submitted in the sectors of IT, electronics, biotechnology and production technologies.

Main participant in a consortium needs to be a research intensive SME, meaning a company

  • complying to the EU’s SME definition and
  • dedicating more than 10% of its turnover or full-time equivalent (FTE) to research activities.

Eurostars Programme is a European Joint Programme and thus available in the 33 EUREKA member states covering most of EU and some partner countries. National budgets are twinned to fund international research projects. The EU co-funds the Eurostars programme.

Average projects

  • run for 2.5 years
  • allocate a budget 1.5 Mio EUR
  • consist of four participants from three countries.

The actual funding rate is determined by the national funding rules Eurostars aims to stimulate research-performing SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing their access to support and funding. It supports the development of new products, processes and services and the access to transnational and international markets.

When is it suitable/applicable? Suitable for applied research-performing small and medium enterprises collaborating with European partners from research and industry
When is it NOT suitable/applicable? Not suitable for SME without inhouse R&D capacities.
What costs are related to it (financial, time effort etc.)? Effort is mainly with the main partner who prepares the proposal. Enough and experienced staff should be allocated to the proposal preparation.

What’s the relevant HTE output? This search function of this website (Food Tech Innovation Portal) will help you identify research partners institutes and technology centres with experience in your technology area. Most of them are experienced in the Programme "FP7 - Research for the benefits of SMEs" and can help you to find additional partners and write a project proposal.
Whom can I talk to from the HTE team? Technical partners as potential project partners:

IRTA, Ttz, CENTIV, Wageningen UR - FBR, Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e.V., FRIP, KEKI, Pervatech, KU Leuven LFT, UTCN, CSIRO, Nutrition Sciences

Innovation partners for providing advice and assistance: ZENIT, Agropolis International, TEIN, Qualiméditerranée, TRITECC, DLG, ARC

Title Eurostars
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Latest Version 20-07-2012
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Created by Hte zenit on 20 July 2012, at 12:25