Eureka Eurostars 2024 Summary

  • Subsidy: Country-specific, for NL €500,000
  • Funding rate: Country-specific, for NL max. 50%
  • Deadline: 14 March 2024
  • Project duration: max. 3 years

Eurostars Scope

The Eurostars programme eligibility criteria were recently updated. The programme now supports international innovative projects led by R&D-performing SMEs, in addition to innovative SMEs with no previous R&D experience, but with the ambition and capabilities to develop new products, processes and services. Such innovative SMEs will be eligible for funding, to lead an international consortium, and to collaborate on market-driven R&D and innovation projects with like-minded partners.

Eurostars is open for any technological innovation. With its bottom-up approach, Eurostars supports the development of rapidly marketable innovative products, processes and services that help improve the daily lives of people around the world. Are you prepared for the upcoming Eurostars deadline? Read our guide to find out how to draft the perfect proposal and how we help companies like yours to secure funding.

Who can apply for Eureka Eurostars programme?

First of all, the consortium must include at least two partners independent from each other and established in at least two different Eurostars countries. The leader of this consortium should be an R&D performing SME, or an innovative SME with suitable ambition and capabilities, and the typical consortium consists of 3 partners. Partners of the consortium might include: other SMEs, academic partners, research organizations or large companies.

Each partner within the consortium should benefit from the Eurostars project and should offer crucial expertise to enable the execution of the project.

What is this funding for?

Eurostars funding is awarded to achieve proof of concept. Within two years after project, the product should be on the market, or clinical trials should start. Activities for life sciences often include all pre-clinical development steps until a small first-in-man study (compound screening, efficacy / tox studies, pharmacokinetic, etc). The project is evaluated from innovation, cooperation and economical perspectives.

Important to know is that the funding rules are determined per country. The budget, funding rate, rules for submission and more conditions depend on the country of the partner and will thus differ amongst the partners in the consortium. On average the total subsidy for the entire project will be €1.5M, divided over the partners.

Examples of winning Eurostars projects:

Catalyze is proud of our high success rate in Eurostars applications. Read more about successful Eurostars projects below.

Eurostars projects: Life sciences & health

  • NordicNeuroLab, ‘DEPREDICT’ project: developing AI-based software programs for predicting the outcomes of therapy for patients with depression.
  • Academic Centre for Dentistry in Amsterdam (ACTA), ‘FUNC-BIOINK’ project: developing a ready-to-use biofunctionalized collagen-based ink for 3D bioprinting of human tissues.
  • Aegirbio, ‘TESTOMETIC’ project: development of a novel point-of-care diagnostic platform for COVID-19.

Eurostars projects: Sustainability

  • BioscienZ, ‘MycoMaterials’ project: developing their revolutionary MycoMaterials technology for circular production of mycelial (Myco-)leather, generated from agrifood by-products.
  • Planted, ‘Plant2Go’ project: bringing a novel plant-based meat substitute to the market that is affordable and highly nutritious with unique meat-like taste and juiciness.
  • Liquidseal, ‘EggsTEND’ project: bringing to market innovative bio-coating technology to extend the shelf-life of perishable products.

Eureka Eurostars Timeline

Evaluation: 3 months. Project starts 6 months after deadline.

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Are you prepared for the upcoming Eurostars deadline? There’s a lot to take into consideration when applying for a Eureka Eurostars grant. Therefore, read our guide to find out how to draft the perfect proposal. Further, we help companies like yours to secure funding.