The European funding programme Eurostars, in which Switzerland also takes part, enables SMEs to work with partner companies or research teams to develop their products or services in an international environment.
A recently published report presents the findings of a study on participation of companies from Denmark and Switzerland in the Eurostars programme. Commissioned by Danish authorities and SERI, the study shows that between 2008 and 2018, there were approximately 400 instances of participation by companies and research institutes based in Switzerland, and around 350 instances of participation by companies based in Denmark. The Eurostars programme mainly tends to draw interest from small innovative start-up companies. Over a third of the projects relate to biotechnology. The study suggests that Eurostars is counteracting the trend of a decreasing number of small companies investing in research and development (see report entitled ‘2020 Research and Innovation in Switzerland’).
Eurostars was transferred from SERI to Innosuisse on 1st January, 2019.
Last modification 20.04.2021