This competition is aimed at micro, small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) working on high-quality research and development (R&D) projects across national borders.

These enterprises often find it difficult to attract public-sector funding. EUREKA Eurostars was set up to overcome this barrier to innovation. With its market-led approach, it encourages international collaborative research and innovation projects that will be rapidly commercialised.

Eurostars supports SMEs in leading international collaborative research and innovation projects by helping them get access to guidance and funding.

A Eurostars project must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service.

Projects must be led by a research-performing SME.

Each of the UK research-performing SMEs must meet one of these conditions:

  • invest 10% or more of their turnover into research
  • have 10% of their full-time equivalent staff working on research activities
  • have 5 or more full-time staff working on research activities if the SME has 100 or fewer employees
  • have 10 or more full-time staff working on research activities if the SME has more than 100 employees

Innovate UK will not fund any other types of organisations, including:

  • academic institutions, including universities
  • research and technology organisations (RTOs)
  • charities
  • large companies

These organisations can take part but must self-fund or use funds from other sources.

You can apply for Eurostars funding for any sector or industry. It can address any technological area but must be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service.

Your project must have a civilian purpose. It cannot have a military purpose.

For further information about Eurostars, please see the Eurostars process.

Each participating country has a National Project Co-ordinator (NPC). To find yours, choose your country from the list of 36 Eurostars participating states and partner countries. (The UK coordinator is Innovate UK.)