This months podcast is about Europe's first

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 innovation programme specifically dedicated to SMEs called Eurostars. 

Starting in 2007, the Eurostars Programme continues to be popular and has better success rates than most of the other SME funding programmes! 

A Eurostars project can address any technological area for any market, but must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service

There are two calls for proposals each year until 2020 and the next one is on 18th February 2016. The September 2016 date is still to be announced.

If you are a UK based research performing SME, would like a 60% grant to work on your own project and to collaborate with other like-minded organisations in the EU member states and beyond, check out the Eurostars web page on www.eurostars-eureka.eu and the InnovateUK Eurostars page here.

We held an event last week for people writing proposals focused on EU funding for SMEs and it was a golden opportunity to catch up with the National Contact Point for Eurostars and European Operations Manager for Innovate UK, Graham Mobbs who in addition to the Eurostars, gave us his super-tips and hacks to improve your application's chances of success.

Have project and want to apply? Contact Graham by email on graham.mobbs@innovateuk.gov.uk , call him on 0179 344 2700 or mobile 07824 599 585. No question is the wrong question.

If you are interested in Eurostars and not in Scotland or the UK, you can find your local contact here. In each country participant details and support levels are slightly different so check them out. If you need a partner for your project, ask your local Enterprise Europe Network team. We just happen to run the world's biggest business partnering service.

Eurostars is a joint programme between EUREKA and the European Commission, co-funded from the national budgets of 34 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.

P.S. Regular listeners will recognise that we first podcast about this back in 2011 and more recently in 2013 when Eurostars went to Falkirk on a train. Well done if you spotted that, give yourself ten points.


Not in Scotland and wondering where YOUR local EEN is? Our network covers more than 50 countries! So we are likely to have valued colleagues in your country that will help you. Find your local office contact details on the list on this page or drop us an email or a comment on this page and we'll send you the details. It's good to connect up and they are all very helpful people.

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