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    Promising start for Eurostars 2

    Published on 31 October 2013
    Author: Sonja Merwar

    The Eurostars 2 funding programme, launched in Brussels on October 30 2013, is the only European funding programme to support innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in carrying out market-oriented research. An assessment of the first Eurostars programme 2008-2013 shows that Swiss SMEs that engage in cross-border research and development greatly benefit from the programme.

    “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.

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