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Eurostars call for proposals

From: National Research Council Canada

1. Introduction

Eurostars is the largest international funding program for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) seeking to collaborate on research and development (R&D) projects that create innovative products, processes or services for commercialization. Eurostars is co-funded from the national budgets of 37 countries and by the European Union. Individual countries provide funding to participants based on their national funding rules and procedures.

Canadian SME participants in Eurostars projects receive advisory services and funding support through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP).

2. Application deadlines

February 24, 2022

NRC IRAP registration deadline (for firms not yet NRC IRAP clients) *

March 24, 2022

NRC IRAP registration deadline (for NRC IRAP clients)

March 24, 2022 at 8:00am EST

Eurostars application deadline

April 13, 2022

NRC IRAP funding proposal deadline

*Canadian SMEs that are not yet NRC IRAP clients must register at least 4 weeks before the Eurostars application deadline in order to review their eligibility for NRC IRAP funding with an NRC IRAP representative (see Registration section below to register).

3. Sectors of focus

This call for proposals is open to projects in all sectors that are civilian in nature.

4. Eligibility requirements

For a Canadian SME's participation in a Eurostars project to be eligible for NRC IRAP funding, it must:

Participating Canadian SMEs may not be eligible to receive NRC IRAP funding if they:

NRC IRAP funding for an international project is typically restricted to Canadian SMEs that have at least 15 full time equivalent employees and at least $500,000 CAD in annual revenue. 

5. Funding

Financial support for project partners varies according to funding eligibility in their respective countries. In Canada, the maximum funding possible is $500,000 CAD per eligible Canadian SME participant per project.

NRC IRAP funding is only available for eligible Canadian SMEs. All other organizations need to secure alternative funding.

6. Application process

Registration with NRC IRAP:

Eurostars application:

NRC IRAP project proposal:

7. Contacts

For more information, please refer to the Eurostars webpage or contact Canada's Eurostars National Project Coordinator (NPC) Eric Holdrinet.

An information webinar on "How to apply for the Eurostars program" will be presented by Eurostars on February 2, 2022, from 5 am to 6 am EST. Visit the registration page.

Recordings of previous webinars are also available.

8. Registration