News archive - EUREKA's Eurostars Programme - funding and support for SMEs

EUREKA's Eurostars Programme is the first European funding and support programme specifically dedicated to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The projects under this programme can address any technological area, but must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service.

The next deadline for submitting proposals under the Eurostars Programme is November 21, 2008.

The projects must be collaborative which means they must involve at least two participants (legal entities) from two different participating countries. In addition, the main participant must be a research-performing SME.
Thirty-one countries currently participate in the Eurostars Programme through the EUREKA network of national offices. Every country has its local contact for providing information on national funding rules of the programme.

The programme is open for funding applications on a continuous basis, with an average of two application submission deadlines each year. The next deadline for electronic submission of applications is Friday 21 November 2008 at 1700 CET.

Eurostars member countries are Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.

Also organisations based outside of the member countries of Eurostars may still be eligible to participate in a Eurostars project in addition to the minimum of two participants established in two different Eurostars member countries.To get more information on possible participation in a Eurostars project, please contact your EUREKA national project coordinator which can be found at

Such contact points for the EUREKA programme are located in the WB countries Albania, Croatia, FRY of Macedonia and Serbia.

Source: EUROSTARS and EUREKA websites, IRE Weekly newsletter.

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Entry created by Elke Dall on November 5, 2008
Modified on November 12, 2008