Supporting research and development performing small and medium-sized enterprises 2008-2013 EUROSTARS Closed!


The objective of this initiative put forward by the Eureka Member Countries is to establish the Eurostars Joint Programme targeting R & D performing SMEs.

These SMEs are knowledge-intensive,  technology/innovation-based companies, playing a key role in the innovation process.

They are characterised by strong customer or market orientation, aiming to achieve a strong international position by leading highly innovative, market-oriented projects. Based on their own R & D capacity, they are able to develop products, processes or services that have a clear innovative or technological advantage. Companies may vary in size and in scope of activities, being e.g. established businesses with a track record of performing application-oriented, cuttingedge R & D, or highpotential start-ups. R & D  constitutes a key element in their corporate strategy and business plans.

These companies should be SMEs within the meaning of Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC of 6 May 2003 concerning the definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and should dedicate a notable part of their activity to R&D.


  1. Creating an easily accessible and sustainable European R & D support mechanism for them.
  2. Encouraging them to create new economic activities based on R & D results and bring new products, processes and services to the market faster than would otherwise be possible.
  3. Promoting their technological and business development and internationalisation.

The Community financial contribution shall be paid from the appropriation in the general budget of the European Union allocated to the ‘Research for the benefit of SMEs’ part of the Specific Programme ‘Capacities’.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the programme is:

  • 400,00 Million EUR (Orientation of the budget)

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