понедельник, 11 мая 2015 г.

Interview with Head of E! Secretariat: “small companies applying for Eurostars grants have a 25% success rate” - EUREKA News - EUREKA

This is the reproduction of an article by Éanna Kelly, published in Science|Business.
 
It
is relatively easy to win an award from the €1.2 billion Eurostars
programme, but you need to find international partners before applying.
The odds of a small business getting a grant from Eurostars is around 25
per cent, making this programme an easier hit than other similar
programmes.
 
Not that they are competing
programmes, said Pedro de Sampaio Nunes, Head of EUREKA, the body that
runs Eurostars. “They’re complementary; part of the same production
line, if you want to call it that, for innovation,” he explained. Grant
winners in the €1.2 billion Eurostars programme, can try and take their
business ideas further in the SME Instrumentfor example, which funds
research right through to commercialisation.
 
All
the same, it is obvious why some small businesses would go straight to
other instruments which do not require international partnerships, de
Sampaio Nunes said. “In some ways it’s easier because you can submit a
proposal on your own without going through all the effort of finding
partners.” Typically with Eurostars, which is co-financed by the EU’s
Horizon 2020 R&D programme and 34 national governments, proposals
are put together by companies in two or three different countries.
 
But
odds of success for applicants to Eurostars funding are particularly
good, and the programme is suitable for young start-ups with promising
ideas.
 
Background on Eurostars
 
It
is possible for other countries outside the 34 Eurostars countries to
join the programme providing they can earmark dedicated funding. There
are two deadlines, in spring and summer, for submitting proposals each
year. Success means receiving around €1 million per project.
 
When
the programme started, it was anticipated it would receive around 150
applications a year and fund around 40 projects. There are currently
between 600-700 applications, of which 150 get funded. “We think we can
get to around 1,200 applications,” said de Sampaio Nunes.
 
The next deadline for submitting an application is 17 September. Visit Eurostars' website here