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1 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community The Eurostars Programme Answering the research ambitions of innovative small businesses Svatopluk Halada EUREKA Secretariat

2 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 2 > Eurostars Programme is the first European funding and support Programme to be specifically dedicated to R&D-performing SMEs It’s a multi-annual joint EUREKA-EU programme ( ), which combines: >National R&D programmes from 33 countries (300+ M€ committed) >FP7 (up to 100 M€ committed) >EUREKA Secretariat (20+ years of experiences of involving in the national R&D programmes) The Eurostars Programme

3 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 3 Adoption by the European Parliament 10 April 2008 Adoption by the Council of Ministers 23 June 2008 Eurostars exploits Article 185 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) [ex Article 169 of the Treaty establishing the European Community] requiring co-decision by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers Adoption by the European Union

4 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community The Eurostars Programme Eurostars in glance

5 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 5 Eurostars project criteria >Consortium leader is an R&D-performing SME* >At least 2 participants from Eurostars participating countries >Project duration is less than 3 years >Market introduction is foreseen within 2 years after project completion >The R&D-performing SME(s) are undertaking at least 50% of total project costs >Well balanced partnership (no country responsible for more than 75% of total project costs) >No restriction on thematic area (bottom up) */At least 10% turnover or 10% full time equivalent (FTE) dedicated to R&D

6 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 6 Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel Italy Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Malta The Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom status : 28 October 2010 Eurostars participating countries

7 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 7 EVALUATION PHASEMONITORING PHASE SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS & ASSISTANCE Cut-off date Communication of funding results Time 14 weeks Eligibility check / NPC Cover note IEP session Ranking list Approval of the Ranking list by HLG Project initiation Market introduction Max. 3 years 2 years Registration Contact National Project Co-ordinator Check the Eurostars Guidelines for Applicants Technical assessment FUNDING SYNCHRONISATION 5 weeks Project execution Check Guidelines for Participants Final Consortium Agreement Contact National Project Co-ordinator Contact National Funding Body Project Progress Report Final Report Market Impact Report Eurostars process

8 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community The Eurostars Programme Management Structure

9 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 9 Eurostars management > Eurostars High Level Group > Eurostars Advisory Group > Eurostars member countries network > EUREKA Secretariat in Brussels

10 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 10 Management structure Eurostars High Level Group >to supervise the implementation of Programme >to nominate the members of the Eurostars Advisory Group (EAG) >to approve the operational procedures to run the Programme >to approve the call planning and call budget >to nominate Chairman and IEP members >to approve the ranking list of Eurostars projects to be funded

11 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 11 Management structure Eurostars Advisory Group >Composed of EUREKA/Eurostars NPCs >Chaired by the EUREKA Secretariat >Recommendation on implementation of the Programme (e.g. funding procedures, evaluation and selection process, project monitoring)

12 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 12 Management structure EUREKA Secretariat >Eurostars Team is an integral part and charge for the execution of the Programme Role and responsibilities >Establishment of the yearly call budget, organisation of call for proposals and reception of the project proposals (single entry point) >Organisation of the eligibility and evaluation project proposals >Organisation of the selection project proposals for funding >Project monitoring >Decentralised management of the EC funding contribution >Reporting to the Eurostars HLG, EUREKA HLG and the European Commission >Promotion of the Eurostars Programme

13 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 13 Eurostars network The NPC network - role >Support in setting up a project application >Performing pre-screening >Performing part of the eligibility check and writing the Cover note >Involvement in the monitoring of ongoing Eurostars projects >Information and promotion on the Programme

14 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community The Eurostars Programme Project Application Submission

15 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 15 Information website >

16 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 16 Guidelines for applicants > Download PDF at

17 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 17 Support and assistance from EUREKA  Discuss your application with your local NPC  Ensure that all of your partners discuss the application with their local NPCs

18 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 18 Signing up as a Eurostars applicant Submit an application  Download an empty Project application form  Download the Eurostars ‘Guidelines for applicants’  Download the skeleton for the Consortium agreement  Download the checklist for the creation of a Consortium agreement

19 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 19 Eurostars Registration One registration per application is required

20 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 20 Eurostars Application form Application form Ensure that the Application form is the latest version

21 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 21 Upload Application form  Check availability of acronym  Upload project application form  Pass validation check

22 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 22 Upload annexes  Upload remaining documents  Draft Consortium Agreement  in English according to skeleton  Financial Document for each participant  Certified Accounts  Business Plan  Not required for public organisations  Other annex (optional)

23 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 23 Draft Consortium Agreement  Must cover all aspects contained within the skeleton provided  Does not need to be identical  Can contain more information  Do not use FP model  Focus on  Project Management  Access to existing know how  Protection of project results  Exploitation of project results  Agreement of partners is critical  This is a legal document. You must be happy with all aspects.  Important to have a strong draft document  Protects partners  Protects project  Provides clarity for roles  Can help with faster processing and commencement

24 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 24 A confirmation of the participation to the project is asked by sending the document signed by fax or mail to the Eureka Secretariat address within 7 days following the sending date and maximum 7 days after the cut off date. Confirmation and signing of application A confirmation of the participation in the project is sought by sending a ‘signature and commitment form’ to each participant after the cut-off deadline. This must be returned to the EUREKA Secretariat within 5 working days of its delivery.

25 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community The Eurostars Programme Assessment process

26 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 26 Central evaluation process

27 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 27 E ligibility check The EUREKA Secretariat is responsible for providing the eligibility check 1.Consortium leader is an R&D-performing SME from a Eurostars participating country? 2.At least one other participant is from another Eurostars country? 3.R&D-performing SME(s) contribution 50 % or more of the total project costs? 4.Is the consortium well balanced? (no single participant or country is responsible for more than 75 % of the total project costs) 5.Is the project duration 3 years or fewer? 6.Is market introduction within 2 years of the project’s completion? 7.Does the project meet the EUREKA criteria? (No restrictions on thematic area, civilian purpose)  10% FTE engaged in R&D or 10% turnover dedicated to R&D

28 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 28 Cover note by National offices The National Offices are responsible for answering eligibility questions relating directly to the project participants from their country 1. Is this participant is a legal entity in the host country? 2. Should this participant be accepted following the application of national track record? 3. Are there serious doubts as to the finances and practices of the entity (bankruptcy, fraud, no viability)?

29 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 29 1.Technical assessment by two independent experts / EUREKA Project Assessment Methodology – PAM/ >Basic Assessment >Well balanced partnership; Added value through cooperation >Technological and managerial capacity of all participants >Methodology; Cost and financing structure >Technology and Innovation >Degree of technological maturity >Technological achievements envisaged >Degree of Innovation >Market and Competitiveness >Market size, access and risk >Time to market >Return on investment 1.Evaluation and ranking by members of the Independent Evaluation Panel (IEP) A two-steps of central evaluation process

30 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 30 The selection of Technical experts

31 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 31 Who are Technical experts Industrialists and Academics with specialist technical knowledge and market appreciation Selected according to eligibility criteria and experience 574 Experts accepted to database 485 Contracts signed from 29 countries

32 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 32 The assessment of applications

33 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 33 Independent Evaluation Panel : Chairman + 8 members Evaluation by the IEP Each of the IEP members evaluate each individual proposal

34 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 34 Ranking of applications by the IEP

35 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 35 Eurostars HLG endorsement of the IEP Ranking list Threshold less than 60% in each criteria and less than 67% overall

36 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 36 Funding availability and contribution simulator

37 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 37 Funding of successful project applications > The funding of partners is based on the national funding rules > The funding of projects is following the ranking list until national budget exhaustion > All partners of a Eurostars project must have a funding secured > Upon receipt of the “funding availibility” letter, all participants must contact their NPC within 10 days

38 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community The Eurostars Programme Results of cut-off 1-5

39 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 39 First deadline: 8 February 2008 Second deadline: 21 November 2008 Third deadline: 24 September 2009 Fourth deadline: 25 February 2010 Fifth deadline: 30 September 2010    Sixth deadline: 24 March 2011 The Eurostars Programme

40 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 40 Rate of eligible – Above threshold

41 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 41 Eurostars Programme - global overview Submission StageCut-Off1Cut-Off2Cut-Off3Cut-Off4Cut-Off5Total 1.Applications Received Total Budget300 M€446 M€385 M€421 M€495 M€2061 M€ 3.Number of Applicants Number of SMEs74%73%71% 72%73%73% Evaluation Stage 5. Applications Eligible … Applications Above Threshold …458 Funding Stage 7. Projects Funded … Total Budget129 M€128 M€130 M€80M€…472 M€ Public Funding *60 M€63 M€61 M€38M€…222 M€ > Members States Funding *45 M€47 M€46 M€28M€…166 M€ > EC Funding *15 M€16 M€15 M€10M€…56 M€ *Estimations based on the average public funding rate

42 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 42 Global Overview- Project profile Cut- Off1 Cut- Off2 Cut- Off3 Cut- Off4 Average cost (M€) Average participants per projects Average countries per project Average duration (months)

43 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 43 Global overview - Project applicants >Overall, 73% of the applicants are R&D SMEs and SMEs, 5% are large companies, and 21 % are Universities and Research Institutes

44 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 44 Global overview - Project participants >Overall, 71% of the applicants are R&D SMEs and SMEs, 6% are large companies, and 22% are Universities and Research Institutes

45 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 45 Global overview - Technological areas

46 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 46 Global overview - Market areas

47 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 47 R&D SMEs profile

48 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 48 Types of consortium – Approved projects

49 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community The Eurostars Programme is effective

50 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 50 >Predictable procedures (effective EUREKA network support and transparency) >Short lead-time (3 months from cut-off date to evaluation results) >Funding is assured (national commitment) Eurostars is effective because…

51 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 51 Main motivations for participation

52 The Eurostars Programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community > 52 Next cut-off date: Cut-Off 6 24 March 2011 at 20h00 CET Thank you for listening


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