Innovative SMEs


Financing type: 

The amount of funding your organisation receives when you participate in a project is managed by your national funding body. Funding rules vary from country to country and your national funding body decides:

  • which organisations can receive funding,
  • which project activities can be funded and
  • funding rates.


European Partnership on Innovative SMEs/Eurostars-3.

Eurostars is part of the European Partnership on Innovative SMEs. The partnership is co-funded by the European Union through Horizon Europe.
Eurostars is a funding instrument that supports innovative SMEs and project partners (large companies, universities, research organisations and other types of organisations) by funding international collaborative R&D and innovation projects. By participating, organisations can access public funding for international collaborative R&D projects in all fields.

To have a successful Eurostars application you must:

  • Define your project idea.
  • Collaborate internationally, sharing expertise.
  • Develop products, processes or services that can be easily commercialised.


Who is eligible: 

To apply, you must fulfil seven international eligibility criteria:

  • The project consortium is led by an innovative SME from a Eurostars country.
  • The project consortium is composed of at least two entities that are independent of one another.
  • The project consortium is composed of entities from at least two Eurostars countries with at least one organisation coming 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 budget of the project.
  • The project duration is 36 months or less.
  • The project has an exclusive focus on civil applications.
Financing Type:
Funding Theme:
Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Target Geographies:
EU Member States
EFTA countries