Upcoming Eurostars-2 cut-offs
There are two upcoming cut-off dates in the Eurostars-2 programme: 14th September 2017 and 1st March 2018. These two dates represent the eighth and ninth cut-off of this joint EUREKA and EU programme. The bottom-up and market-oriented approach and its dedication to R&D-performing SMEs are some of the main factors that differentiate the Eurorstars-2 programme from other well-known European programmes.
There were a total of 1927 applications during the first six cut-offs (the numbers for the seventh are not known yet), of which 579 projects were approved. That represents a 30% success-rate – a number one can only dream of when it comes to Horizon 2020 calls, where often only 5-10% of the proposals get funded (e.g. in Innovative Training Networks, ITN). It’s not just the success-rate that puts the Eurostars-2 programme and other funding programmes (such as Horizon 2020) apart. Whereas partners from the academic sector form a large part of Horizon 2020 consortia, they only represent 12% of all Eurostars-2 participants. It is SMEs that play the biggest part here, representing 72% of all participants. An R&D-performing SME is also always the project leader.
The typical Eurostars-2 project is made up of three participants from 2 different countries. On average, each project runs for 30 months and spends €1.4 million. There are many reasons why an SME might participate in a Eurostars-2 project: For instance they might need access to someone else’s technology, they might have a solution for someone else’s problem, or they might need access to skills that are not available in-house. Of course there are also shared responsibilities when entering a project and all participants also share the risks.
Eurostars-2 and accelopment
accelopment has vast experience in writing European grant applications. This experience includes project proposals for the Eurostars programme, including the awarded OPTO-BRAIN, MAXCOAT and NoCaTS projects. Once approved. we can support you in the contract negotiations and provide project management support.