EUREKA's Eurostars Programme- Getting your innovation to the market

As Slovenia prepares to hand over the chair of EUREKA to Portugal on 1 July 2008, it can do so with the confidence that it will be leaving a lasting legacy.

A notable achievement has been the further strengthening of cooperation ties between EUREKA and the EU, through initiatives such as the Eurostars programme and the Joint Technology Initiatives

What is a Eurostars project?

A Eurostars project is a European research and development project. It can address any technological area, but must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service. A Eurostars project is collaborative, meaning it must involve at least two participants (legal entities) from two different Eurostars participating countries. In addition, the main participant must be a research-performing SME from one of these countries.

The role of the SME participants in the project should be significant. At least 50% of the project’s core activity should be carried out by SMEs. This percentage can, however, include minor contracting. The consortium should be well balanced, which means that no participant or country will be required to invest more than 75% of the total project costs.

A Eurostars project should be market-driven: it must have a maximum duration of three years, and within two years of project completion, the product of the research should be ready for launch onto the market. The exception to this rule applies to biomedical or medical projects, where clinical trials must be started within two years of project completion.

If you are an SME and investing 10% or more of your full-time equivalent or annual turnover in research and development activities, the Eurostars Programme may well be for you.

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P.S.  The next deadline for electronic submission of applications is Friday 21 November 2008 at 1700 CET

Sist oppdatert av Kyrre Aas (10.06.2008)

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