Funding Body


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Eurostars supports international innovative projects led by research and development- performing small- and medium-sized enterprises (R&D-performing SMEs). With its bottom-up approach, Eurostars supports the development of rapidly marketable innovative products, processes and services that help improve the daily lives of people around the world. Eurostars has been carefully developed to meet the specific needs of SMEs. It is an ideal first step in international cooperation, enabling small businesses to combine and share expertise and benefit from working beyond national borders.

Eurostars is a joint programme between EUREKA and the European Commission, co-funded from the national budgets of 36 Eurostars Participating States and Partner Countries and by the European Union through Horizon 2020. In the 2014-2020 period it has a total public budget of €1.14 billion.

The role of SMEs for the economy has never been so important. Eurostars aims to bring increased value to the economy, higher growth and more job opportunities.


Eurostars Funding

Eurostars is backed by €861 million of national funding from its countries. It is further supported by €287 million of EU funds, for a total of €1.14 billion.

Eurostars applies a decentralised funding procedure; participants do not receive funding directly from the EUREKA Secretariat or the EU. All funding to participants in approved projects is managed by their respective funding body and according to their national funding rules and procedures. These rules and procedures are dependent on the member countries involved in the project.

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National Funding Bodies

United Kingdom: Innovate UK

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INNOVATE UK is the UK’s innovation agency. They work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that deliver productivity, new jobs and exports. Since 2007 they have committed over £1.8 billion to innovation and helped more than 7,600 organisations with projects estimated to add more than £11.5 billion to the UK economy and create 55,000 new jobs. Their aim is to help grow the UK Economy and keep it globally competitive in the race for future prosperity.

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Netherlands: NL Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland)

Netherlands Enterprise Agency logoNetherlands Enterprise Agency ( encourages entrepreneurs in sustainable, agrarian, innovative and international business. It helps with grants, finding business partners, know-how and compliance with laws and regulations. The aim is to improve opportunities for entrepreneurs and strengthen their position.

Netherlands Enterprise Agency is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and works at the instigation of ministries and the European Union. Some activities of the Commodities Boards are also included. The Agency works in The Netherlands and abroad with governments, knowledge centres, international organisations and countless other partners.

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Germany: DLR Project Management Agency

Research, innovation and education – the DLR Project Management Agency has been providing an array of services to assist key decision-makers from government, science, industry and education for over 40 years. We develop practical strategies, manage funding programmes and projects, assist in dialogue processes and support knowledge transfer and utilisation on behalf of our clients. A designated worldwide partner, we open up networking opportunities and encourage international collaboration. Here, we place a focus on interdisciplinary, internationality and innovation. As part of DLR, the Project Management Agency is a key contributor to DLR’s ‘Science, Innovation and Education’ field of operations.

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