Important change since 1 July 2020
Flemish partners in a Eurostars consortium must submit a shortened VLAIO project application (development or research project) before the Eurostars cut-off deadline. The most important elements of this shortened VLAIO application are (i) budget of the Flemish partners in a VLAIO budget template format, (ii) innovation goal in Dutch, (iii) project impact description, (iv) declarations and financial information. For more info see ‘Guideline VLAIO application for a Eurostars project’.
EUROSTARS is a European innovation programme set up by EUREKA in collaboration with the European Commission. EUROSTARS focuses on research-intensive SMEs, and assumes the 'bottom-up' principle: EUROSTARS puts SMEs in the driving seat, supports small consortia, and promotes market-oriented projects in themes that the SMEs themselves determine.
Every year, two calls are launched.
Who is eligible?
A research-intensive SME, in the role of consortium project leader, is an SME according to the European SME definition, with at least 10% of its turnover or personnel in research and/or development activities.
Funding within the framework of EUROSTARS is granted by Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO) to all companies located in Flanders (from SME to subsidiary of a multinational) and collaborating research centres, universities and colleges. Companies must have their operational headquarters in Flanders where employment and economic activity is taking place. The possibility of valorization or application of the research results in Flanders is important. All types of companies can apply, except for self-employed persons, practitioners of liberal professions or national monopolies. All sectors and applications are allowed, but research with military affinity cannot be funded.
The project as a whole must comply with the EUROSTARS eligibility criteria: www.eurostars-eureka.eu/content/eurostars-eligibility-guidelines
Which projects are eligible?
In a 'EUROSTARS project' at least two independent partners from two EUROSTARS member countries work together. A research-intensive SME must be the consortium leader, and all research-intensive SME’s account for at least 50% of the budget.
The consortium submits one project proposal, which is evaluated centrally. However, the funding is granted by the individual EUROSTARS member states that follow the central recommendation for funding. In the Flanders Region the funding regulations of Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO) are applied.
Amount of funding?
Project applications in the framework of EUROSTARS will eventually be funded according to the regulations of Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO).
For most projects the basic support percentage will be increased with a top-up of 10% due to the international character of the project (provided there is sufficient balance between the partners, and there is at least 1 partner from another Member State of the European Union). The maximum funding a EUROSTARS project is € 500.000 for all Flemish partners together.
What is the application procedure?
Interested companies are recommended to discuss their project idea in advance with their local EUREKA contact, who will guide them for writing a proposal.
Important change since 1 July 2020: Flemish partners in a Eurostars consortium must submit a shortened VLAIO project application (development or research project) before the Eurostars cut-off deadline. The most important elements of this shortened VLAIO application are (i) budget of the Flemish partners in a VLAIO budget template format, (ii) innovation goal in Dutch, (iii) project impact description, (iv) declarations and financial information. For more info see ‘Guideline VLAIO application for a Eurostars project’.
EUROSTARS uses a central submission and evaluation procedure. The project leader submits a single project proposal, together with all consortium partners. The project proposals are assessed by technical experts and a central evaluation panel. This results in a ranked list for allocation of the funding by each country. This ranking is strictly followed by the Member States for allocating their funding, and this takes place until exhaustion of the available funding budget. The duration of this evaluation period is about 18 weeks.
When a project is recommended for funding, the partners must complete and finalize their shortened VLAIO project application. Based on this application, and the VLAIO funding rules, the support percentage is determined.
The EUROSTARS website (www.eurostars-eureka.eu) provides an overview of the programme, contacts from the Member States, a manual and submission forms and information about the call data. Events organized by the network can also be found at www.ncpflanders.be.
For specific questions on Eurostars, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, T +32 2 432 43 06