Eurostars-Eureka: Strong Spanish participation in the latest call for proposals

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BY : Diego GutiérrezOctober Fri, 2014
The Eurostars-Eureka programme awarded by the European Commission and Eurostars member states provides grants to develop market-oriented transnational projects among R&D-intensive SMEs. In Spain, these grants are managed through the Interempresas Internacional programme, managed by CDTI, and the last call was very successful.


Results Second phase (2014-2020)

 Of the 299 applications submitted, 82 of them passed the technical thresholds of the Programme, and 70 were finally selected as Eurostars projects, representing a success rate of 23%.

Spain, with a total of 72 applications involving 93 companies, was among the countries that submitted the most projects in the last call. It was second only to Germany with 110 companies involved.

The ICT sector and the biotechnology sector were the sectors with the highest number of project applications with 107 and 98 applications respectively.         


Who can participate in the next call?

The next call will open in March 2015 and will be open to R&D intensive SMEs, i.e. those that invest at least 10% of their revenues or human resources in R&D activities. R&D. In addition, as the support is intended to promote transnational projects, it is a prerequisite that the project involves 2 partners from different countries.

For projects with a maximum duration of 36 months, the project leader must be an SME from a "Eurostars" country carrying out R&D activities. The project includes at least two entities legally independent from each other. In addition, the budget of the participating SME(s) belonging to the Eurostars country(ies) must account for at least 50% of the total project budget.

The market introduction of the project results must have been completed within 24 months after the end of the project.

Finally, the project must comply with the EUREKA criteria and present a civilian purpose: the project may touch on any area of technology, but must fulfil a civilian purpose and pursue the development of a new product, process or service.


What costs are eligible and what is the type of support?

Eligible costs are personnel costs, depreciation of fixed assets, consumables, contractual research costs, external collaborations, indirect costs and other costs necessary for the realisation of the project. As regards the type of aid, the CDTI finances 80% of the eligible costs on a non-repayable basis through the Interempresas Internacional programme.

If you think that your company could benefit from this aid, do not hesitate to contact us. ABRA-INVEST has a team of public finance experts at your disposal.

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