European Partnership on Innovative SMEs

Basic Information


WHO: The proposal involves 40 National Funding Authorities and/or Agencies under the Umbrella of Eureka and is coordinated by the Eureka Secretariat in Brussels. Founded in 1985, Eureka is a global network, with 48 Member States plus the European Commission. It includes nearly all countries of the European continent as well as international members like Israel, Turkey, Korea, Canada, Singapore, South Africa, Argentina and Chile. The Consortium also benefits from the fact that is has successfully run the Eurostars 1 and 2 programs. WHAT: The proposed European Partnership on Innovative SMEs will comprise two main instruments (Eurostars 3 and Innowwide) as well as measures to connect to existing EU programs, initiatives and other European partnerships. EUROSTARS 3 (E*3) is an instrument that supports the international cooperation of SMEs in the field of non-military collaborative innovation projects. An E*3 project consortium must be composed of at least 2 independent entities from at least two participating countries and must be led by an innovative SME. The E*3 instrument benefits from accompanying measures that strengthen SMEs’ ability to access foreign markets like the INNOWWIDE instrument, which has already been piloted with the support of some Eureka network members in recent years. WHY: The biggest challenges for innovative SMEs are the access to international cooperation and to enter international markets as well the ability to receive funding. E*3 through its coordination of national innovation programs will in addition support the further development of a European Research Area. HOW: The Eureka Secretariat will organize two joint transnational calls per year for E*3 and one call per year for Innowwide. National Innovation Agencies actively support the implementation of E*3 via national funding and support measures as well as services to applicants and promotion of the program.

H2020 Societal Challenges

HORIZON European Innovation Ecosystems (EIE)

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Joint Calls

Joint Call Title Type Launch Date Deadline
End Date
InnovativeSMEs 6th Joint Call one-stage 12/01/2024   14/03/2024  
InnovativeSMEs 5th Joint Call one-stage 14/07/2023   14/09/2023 14/09/2023
InnovativeSMEs 4th Joint Call one-stage 10/02/2023   13/04/2023  
InnovativeSMEs 3rd Joint Call one-stage 10/06/2022 15/09/2022 15/09/2022 30/11/2022
InnovativeSMEs 2nd Joint Call two-stages 21/01/2022 24/03/2022 24/03/2022 31/08/2022
InnovativeSMEs 1st Joint Call two-stages 02/09/2021 04/11/2021 04/11/2021 28/02/2022