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With the recent success of the OPTO-BRAIN project, winning the EUREKA Innovation Award, we would like to use the opportunity to give a quick overview on how accelopment can help your Eurostars 2 proposal and project be a success. The Eurostars programme offers numerous advantages that can help you successfully implement a project. Eurostars 2 refers to the second edition of the Eurostars programme and will henceforth be described as just Eurostars.

Who is the Eurostars programme aimed at?

The Eurostars programme is aimed at research and development-performing small- and medium-sized enterprises (R&D-performing SMEs) in a bottom-up approach. The consortium must consist of at least two partners from two different (Eurostars participating) countries, at least one of which must be an SME. These two legal entities must be independent of one another.

The Eurostars programme is an excellent opportunity for SMEs to develop their products and bring them (close) to market.

How will your project be funded?

Eurostars is backed by €861 million of national funding from its countries. Additionally it receives €287 million of EU funds, totalling at €1.14 billion. When considering a proposal, national funding rules apply. How much each country will grant can be found out on the Eurostars website.

How long can a project go on for?

A project funded under the Eurostars programme cannot be longer than 36 months. The average project duration is 29 months. It is however a requirement that the market introduction of a major project result occurs within 24 months of the completion of the project.

What qualities does your proposal need for success?

To be successful your proposal needs a solid idea and has to be innovative. The consortium partners must have expertise on the proposed subject area.

What are the chances of your proposal being successful?

So, you’ve decided to submit a proposal to the Eurostars programme? The chances of success are a good way to weigh your expectations. Compared to many Horizon 2020 calls the success rate are higher, standing at about 25% in the first edition of the Eurostars programme (2007-2013) and higher success rates are expected for the Eurostars 2 programme thanks to a significant increase of available funding.

When can your proposal be submitted?

The call for proposals is continuously open. There are two deadlines for submissions per year. Specific dates can be found on the EUREKA website. One important factor is that the project must start less than seven months after the submission deadline. The next submission deadline is on the 15th of September 2016.

How accelopment can help your proposal

accelopment has vast experience in writing European grant applications. This experience includes project proposals for the Eurostars programme, inclduing the awarded OPTO-BRAIN, MAXCOAT and NoCaTS projects. Once approved. we can support you in the contract negotiations and provide project management support.