Our first Eurostars podcast way back in July 2011 was the first podcast we made that contained a dream sequence. Looking back it was probably the first time we took a more creative approach to our business podcasts, leading to the time travel episode and our more frantic (and frankly strange) Xmas and Halloween specials. 

The "breaking news" is that Eurostars will be included in the EU research flagship Horizon 2020! With a provisional budget of 80 billion euro, Horizon 2020 would be once implemented the world’s largest research programme.

The follow-up to the current Eurostars programme under Horizon 2020 should benefit from a large budget, including high financial commitments from
national innovation agencies taking part in the scheme. Horizon 2020 starts on 1st January 2014. There will be no more Eurostars call deadlines in 2013.
 
The Eurostars Programme is a joint programme between EUREKA and the European Commission and it was the first European funding and support programme to be specifically dedicated to research-performing SMEs ? It is co-funded by the European Communities and 33 EUREKA member countries. 

Eurostars has a bottom-up approach (the lead SME comes up with the project idea), a central submission and evaluation process, synchronized national funding (so you manage the funding in your local currency) and minimal reporting commitments compared to larger funding programmes like FP7. 

Eurostars projects must involve at least two participants (legal entities) from two different Eurostars participating countries. The main participant must be a research-performing SME from one of these countries.

A Eurostars project should be market-driven: it must have a maximum duration of three years, and within two years of project completion, the product of the research should be ready for launch onto the market. The exception to this rule applies to biomedical or medical projects, where clinical trials must be started within two years of project completion.


PLEASE NOTE:

THERE WILL BE NO MORE EUROSTARS CALLS IN 2013. THE NEXT EUROSTARS FUNDING CALL IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE IN 2014.

The project submission documents are not onerous, so get your project ideas lined up for 2014! 



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