Eurostars is an interesting program with good funding opportunities for research-driven SMEs that want to develop a technology to market maturity with one or more European partners. However, the two-stage application process is complex.
Maximum grant per company: 500,000 euros for the German partners of a project
Flat rate: 100% of the personnel costs
Subsidy: 50 %
Funding provider: Eurostars / Federal Government
Program budget: approx. 250 million euros per year
Funding topics: Open to technology
Eligible to apply: SMES
Formats: Consortia with partners from at least 2 EU countries
Application: Two-stage with two deadlines per year, Eurostars application(info) and application in Germany after positive assessment
The consortium leader is a research-driven SME from a Eurostars country
Research-driven SMEs bear at least 50% of the total project costs (excluding subcontracts)
Maximum project duration: 3 years
Market launch up to 2 years after project completion
Balanced partnership, no participating country accounts for more than 75% of the project costs
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