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Eurostars

Eurostars is part of the European Partnership for Innovative Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Link under the next headline. Eurostars is primarily aimed at innovative SMEs that are part of international projects. You can apply for funding for the development of market-oriented processes, products and services. Through international cooperation, Eurostars provides access to new knowledge, collaborations and opportunities to test new markets.

No budget for call for proposals in spring 2023

Sweden currently has no budget for the Eurostars call for proposals with a deadline of spring 2023. If you are a Swedish organization that wants to participate in a Eurostars consortium, contact us at eurostars@vinnova.se for information on self-financing.

Budget will be available for the Eurostars application round in autumn 2023.

How does Eurostars work?

Eurostars is part of the European Partnership for Innovative Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The partnership is co-funded by the European Union through Horizon Europe

Eurostars is primarily aimed at innovative small and medium-sized companies that are part of international project. It is possible to apply for funding for the development of market-oriented processes, products and services. Through international cooperation and European partnership, Eurostars provides access to new knowledge, collaborations and opportunities to test new markets.

Eurostars is an SME-driven programme and collaboration between 36 countries. In order to apply for Eurostars, the project must consist of at least two participating countries and the project coordinator must be an SME.

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See all Eurostars countries

Different countries have different funding and application rules. These rules only apply to project parties from that country. Swedish parties must follow Vinnova's rules for funding and support levels. There are also a number of international formal eligibility requirements that apply to everyone. The participants in a Eurostars project need to check that each participant meets their national eligibility requirements and that all parties meet the common requirements before they apply.

Read the common requirements

On average, it usually opens two offers per year. The consortium submits its project application jointly through Eurostar's website. After a project submits its proposal, the proposal goes through an international assessment process. Please note that Vinnova is not involved in the assessment process of the projects. However, all national financiers are involved and do the financial control, and therefore Swedish participants may hear from Vinnova if additional information is required.

If the project is approved for funding, it is the respective country's national financier who pays out funds to that country's participants. For Swedish parties, Vinnova is the financier. If the project is approved, Vinnova will contact Swedish participants to submit a supplementary proposal.

Information on how to apply for

Information on the international assessment process

Who can apply?

Eurostars is mainly aimed at small and medium-sized companies in cooperation with research organizations and the public sector. The project must be coordinated by the company, but large companies, academia and research institutes can also participate.

Read the EU definition of small and large companies on the Eurostar website

In addition to following Vinnova's general terms and conditions for funding, the Swedish project parties must also fulfill the following term:

  • Company must be registered as a Swedish limited company
  • Companies must have a place of business in Sweden
  • Activities in the project must be conducted at the Swedish site of operation and the project costs must be borne by the site of operation
  • Companies must be registered for employer contribution
  • Companies must have submitted at least 2 annual reports to the Swedish Companies Registration Office
  • The most recently registered annual report must show that net turnover or equity corresponds to at least half of the requested sum. The applicant organization(s) must be able to show evidence of this on the closing day when the financial control of the projects begins immediately afterwards. Vinnova will contact the Swedish applicants who need to supplement their proposal with more information/documentation.

Vinnova works for equal social development and looks positively on project where both women and men take part in the contribution and participate actively. We also want to increase the participation of actors who have not applied for international funding before.

What can I apply for funding for?

You can apply for funding for close-to-market research and innovation projects in all areas of technology. Your project must lead to the market introduction of a product, service or process no later than two years after the end of project. Project within life science may make exceptions for clinical studies. The projects can last for a maximum of three years and must be a collaboration between at least two Eurostars countries.

How much can I apply for?

Swedish participants can apply for a maximum of five million kroner for a project. If the project lacks a Swedish small or medium-sized company, you can apply for a maximum of two million kroner.

  • Small and medium-sized companies according to the EU's definition can apply for funding for 50 percent of their costs.
  • Large companies can apply for funding for 30 percent of their costs.
  • Universities, university colleges, research institutes or the public sector seek funding for 70 percent of their costs.

Please note that support levels may vary for funders from other countries.

Support office for Swedish participants

EU SME Support provides free expert advice and can be a support

  • when you formulate your proposal for the first time
  • if you have been rejected and want to apply again
  • if you need support with reporting and audits after granted funding
  • if you have other questions during the course of the project.

Employees at EU SME Support can be found all over Sweden and have broad industry expertise and extensive experience in both business coaching and EU applications. EU SME Support works on behalf of Vinnova and Tillväxtverket for more Swedish SMEs to apply for funding from the EU programs Horizon 2020 and Eurostars.

EU SME Support website for free guidance on EU funding

How to apply

1. Make sure you are entitled to funding

Start by reading Eurostar's national and international rules for participation.

2. Contact cooperation partners

Identify and contact international collaboration partners. Contact Enterprise Europe Network for support and guidance. They are well established in 67 countries with 3,000 colleagues. Together with 600 partner organizations/partners, they help companies find international business contacts and partners in new markets.

3. Contact the support office

Contact the support office to get help with how to apply for funding in the best way. The support office provides free help and guidance. You can also contact one of the national contacts for Eurostars with us at Vinnova.

The support office for small and medium-sized companies that want to apply for EU funding https://eusme.se/

4. Send proposal to EUREKA

Submit your proposal to Abbot Liljero's portal. Read how to search here: Eureka | Apply (eurekanetwork.org)

5. Wait for assessment

All applications go through an international evaluation process that takes place in two stages. Read more about the steps on Eureka's own website

6. Decision

Om EUREKAs's secretariat approves your proposal, we will contact you to seek funding for the Swedish parties with us.

On Eurostar's website, there is also a list of guides for you who will apply. There you will find answers to all your questions.

Eurostars list of guides Eureka

Read more about Eurostars

Eurostar website

Closed for application

Eurostars fall 2022
Closed 15 September 2022

Funding for innovative small and medium-sized enterprises in international cooperation.

Eurostars spring 2022
Closed 24 March 2022

Funding for small and medium-sized companies for international development of market-oriented solutions.

Eurostars 3 autumn 2021
Closed 4 November 2021

Eurostars is aimed primarily at innovative small and medium-sized enterprises involved in international project.

Any questions?

Team Eurostars

Last updated 28 November 2022

Reference number 2021-03392

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