Eurostars programme

Basic Information


European SMEs are an essential source of growth, employment, entrepreneurial skills, innovation and economic and social cohesion. It is therefore essential to unlock their potential through support of their R&D efforts. The Eurostars Programme will specifically enable R&D-performing SMEs to improve performance through its support of "in-house" research. It will also enable companies to develop closer working relationships with the European research community. The objective of the Eurostars Programme is to bring increased value to the economy, higher growth and more job opportunities by supporting the R&D-performing SME. R&D-performing SMEs are contributing to the development of products, processes and services that help improve the daily life of citizens world-wide. Their involvement in international research projects enables participants to combine and share creativity and expertise, and often allows access to previously uncharted markets for the resulting innovation.

Main research priorities of the network

Eurostars is a bottom-up programme, meaning that project applications are accepted from any technological domain, for any market. The only restriction is that the project outcome must be destined for civilian purposes.

Research fields covered by the network

  • No specific thematic focus
  • Biotechnology
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Food, agriculture and fisheries
  • Government and social relations
  • Health
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Industrial production
  • Materials
  • Nanosciences and nanotechnologies
  • Services
  • Socio-economics sciences and humanities
  • Space
  • Transport

Target Groups

  • Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
  • Public Research Organisations (PROs)
  • Private and Semi-private Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs)
  • SME (Small and Medium Enterprises)
  • Large Corporations

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Joint Calls

Joint Call Title Type Launch Date Deadline
End Date
Eurostars Cut-Off 10 one-stage 21/09/2012   04/04/2013

Submitted: 594


Funded: 101

Eurostars Cut-Off 9 one-stage 02/03/2012   20/09/2012

Submitted: 354


Funded: 67

Eurostars Cut-Off 8 one-stage 23/09/2011   01/03/2012

Submitted: 363


Funded: 68

Eurostars Cut-Off 7 one-stage 24/03/2011   24/09/2011

Submitted: 365


Funded: 71

Eurostars Cut-Off 6 one-stage 29/11/2010   24/03/2011

Submitted: 402


Funded: 74

Eurostars Cut-Off 5 one-stage 24/03/2010   30/09/2010

Submitted: 343


Funded: 71

Eurostars Cut-Off 4 one-stage 29/11/2009   25/02/2010

Submitted: 316


Funded: 64

Eurostars Cut-Off 3 one-stage 24/03/2009   24/09/2009

Submitted: 279


Funded: 85

Eurostars Cut-Off 1 one-stage 29/11/2008   08/02/2008

Submitted: 215


Funded: 90

Eurostars Cut-Off 2 one-stage 24/03/2008   21/11/2008

Submitted: 317


Funded: 90