“Higher, Faster and Stronger – Eurostars, a vision for Europe’s most innovative SMEs” is the title of the Eurostars 2 programme launched yesterday, supported by 33 EUREKA member states and the European Commission. Eurostars 2 will run from 2014 to 2020. The programme is aimed at SMEs which invest in research and development. Compared with the previous programme, Eurostars 2 will have three times as much money available (€1,2 bn), be implemented more quickly and cater more closely to the needs of SMEs. An initial call launched yesterday invites SMEs to submit projects by March 2014. Thereafter there will be two calls for projects annually, with a free choice of topic.