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EUREKA Eurostars

Eureka Eurostats is the most extensive international funding programme for innovative SMEs wishing to collaborate on R&D projects. UK SMEs can apply with the total grant capped at 60% support up to €360,000. Projects must include at least two partners independent from each other and established in at least two different Eurostars countries.

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Eureka Eurostars

Guide Overview

We’ve created six simple sections to help you understand how EUREKA Eurostars works and whether your business could be eligible for funding.

What is EUREKA Eurostars?

EUREKA Eurostars is an international network that was initially created to foster European competitiveness and encourage R&D.

The United Kingdom's funding body, Innovate UK, funds R&D costs for SMEs participating in our Eurostars programme.

Innovate UK covers up to 60% of project costs in grants for SMEs.

The maximum funding amount is a grant of 360,000 euros per project.

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What projects are eligible for EUREKA Eurostars funding

What projects are eligible for EUREKA Eurostars funding?

An eligible EUREKA Eurostars project should be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service and must fulfil seven eligibility criteria:

  • An innovative SME leads the project consortium from a Eurostars country.
  • The project consortium is composed of at least two entities that are independent from one another.
  • The project consortium is composed of entities from at least two participating countries, with a minimum of one organisation from an EU or Horizon Europe-associated country.
  • The budget of the SMEs from the participating countries (excluding any subcontracting) is 50% or more of the total project cost.
  • No single participant or country is responsible for more than 70% of the project budget.
  • The project duration is 36 months or less.
  • The project has an exclusive focus on civil applications.

How to apply for Eureka Eurostars funding

When applying for a sector-based competition, ensure that your project or activity is eligible for the competition you’re entering, as each competition has different criteria.

Also, ensure that all past Eurostars-funded projects have been completed fully. They won't award funding if any previously awarded funding you've received has not been exploited.

Details of how to apply will be made public when each funding round is launched. Current calls can be found on the Eureka network website.

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What’s the process to prepare an application for Eureka Eurostars?

Applying for a grant is a time-consuming and resource-intensive process. With our grant bid writing service, we can work with you to prepare an application that gives your project the best chance of success.

Each grant competition has its own rules and requirements. You need to ensure that your innovation meets the competition scope and that you are eligible to apply. For further guidance, you can contact us to check that you’re applying for the proper competition.

Grant applications are usually examined by independent experts in the area of innovation identified in the application. The number of experts scoring the application depends on the grant awarding body.

Award-winning projects will involve breakthrough technologies and disruptive innovations that draw on unique strengths from Europe and provide global opportunities to scale up.

What’s the process to prepare an application for Eureka Eurostars

How can we help?

Myriad have an enviable track record with R&D grant applications. Using our grant application services can give you a significant competitive advantage over other grant applicants.

Our grant bid writers have secured over £200m for our clients in the last 24 months. We are also very proud to have secured some of the highest-scoring applications in Europe, with five of our projects scoring 15/15.

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Frequently asked questions

Eurostars is open to all projects in all technology areas and market fields. Projects must have a civilian purpose.

Each Eureka Eurostars competition will have a different set of criteria your application must meet.

But there are a few general standards that all applications should adhere to:

Make sure the application does not:

  • Deliberately increase word count using punctuation.
  • Use unprofessional, aggressive or threatening language.
  • Have a notable lack of content.
  • Have no evident innovation.

The application will very likely not be successful if it:

  • Is the same as, or very similar to, a project that has received public funds previously.
  • Is the same as, or very similar to, another application.

Only SMEs performing R&D are eligible for grant funding. To qualify as a research-performing SME, you must:

  • Invest 10% or more of turnover into research; or,
  • Have 10% of full-time equivalent staff working on research activities; or,
  • Have five or more full-time staff working on research activities if your business has 100 or fewer employees; or,
  • Have ten or more full-time staff working on research activities if your business has 100 or more employees.

In addition to qualifying as a research-performing SME, your business must be registered at Companies House and trading for 12 months at the closing date for applications. All work must be carried out in the UK, and project costs must be incurred in the UK.

Academics, universities, Research and Technology Organisations, and large companies can participate in Eurostars, but they must use funds from other sources or fund their own participation.

If you are a UK-based business, you can apply for funding to:

  • Test the feasibility of your idea and make sure it will work.
  • Create a new product, process, or service, or improve an existing one through research and development.
  • Work with other business or research organisations on collaborative projects.

Eurostars applications have a two-step evaluation process:

  • Three independent experts assess applications. Suppose at least two experts agree that at least two of the three main criteria (‘quality and efficiency of the implementation’, ‘impact – market and commercialisation’, and ‘excellence – innovation and R&D’) are satisfactory. In that case, the application advances to the next stage of evaluation.
  • In the second stage of evaluation, the results of assessments are used by the Independent Evaluation Panel (IEP) to score and rank all eligible applications. If an application is above the quality threshold and funding is available, the project is approved for funding.

Three independent experts first assess Eurostars applications. These experts are matched to applications by their technological expertise, familiarity with the market applications, and SME experience.

During part 2 of the evaluation, the Independent Evaluation Panel (IEP) will score and rank all eligible applications. A chairperson leads the IEP and includes internationally recognised experts in their field.

The IEP members cover a variety of professional sectors. They are chosen based on the technical requirements and profiles of the applications at the time.

Your application is more likely to succeed if it:

  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of the target market, including commercialisation and competitor information.
  • Offers a convincing company description explaining why your project is more likely to succeed than a competitor’s.
  • Shows how the project will bring in a real innovation without replicating anything already on the market.
  • Includes a thorough, clear description of the business opportunity, not just details about the project.

Project costs are only eligible if they are incurred and paid between the project start and end dates. Claims may be subject to an independent audit.

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Is your business registered for Corporation Tax in the UK or are you a partnership with corporate owners?


Have you developed new or improved existing products, processes or services in the last 2 accounting periods?

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Have you incurred any R&D costs on staff, contractors and consumables?

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Does your business have fewer than 500 staff, and either: A turnover of no more than €100 million; or Gross assets of no more than €86 million?

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Sorry, you must be a UK limited company or be a Partnership with corporate owners to be eligible for R&D tax credits.

In order to qualify for R&D tax credits you must be seeking to advance science or technology within your industry. As you’ve not developed any new or improved any existing innovative tools, products or services, and not re-developed any existing products, processes or services in the last 2 years. It is unlikely you have any qualifying activity. If you’re unsure, email or call us and we’ll help clarify.

In order to claim R&D tax credits, you need to either employ staff or spend money on contractors, consumable items and other items. If you’re unsure, email or call us and we’ll help clarify.

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