Does your SME want to strengthen its competitiveness and develop an innovative product or service with foreign partner companies or research teams? The Eurostars programme will help you do just that. Eurostars promotes cooperation with partners from 33 European countries, as well as Canada, South Africa and South Korea, accross all thematic areas. The initiative is aimed in particular at innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): in other words, SMEs that develop products or services that differ significantly from existing products or services.

You can submit your application for a Eurostars project through calls, which usually take place twice a year.

This support offer is aimed at:

Innovative SMEs, large companies and research institutions.

The Eurostars programme is a joint programme of Eureka and the European Union and is part of the European Partnership on Innovative SMEs. The evaluation of the applications and the reporting on the projects is carried out centrally in Brussels by the Eureka Secretariat for all participating countries. Innosuisse is responsible for issuing the contracts, paying out the funding and carrying out the financial reporting in Switzerland.

Eurostars projects: Step-by-step process


Other support offers

> As an SME, do you need help developing your project?
As an SME (with up to 250 full-time equivalents), you can apply for support from an innovation mentor from Innosuisse for this very purpose.

> As an SME, do you need help finding an international project partner?
As an SME, you can take advantage of the free support offered by an EEN advisor for this very purpose.

> Would you like to carry out an innovation project with Swiss partners only?
Innosuisse supports science-based innovation projects that Swiss companies, SMEs, start-ups and other private or public organisations carry out together with Swiss research partners.


Last modification 20.03.2024

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End of free services with the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI)

The free patent search services offered to Innosuisse applicants by the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) will be discontinued from 1 May 2024.

However, costs associated with research into intellectual property issues may still be covered as part of the direct project costs chargeable for approved applications from the following funding schemes:

  • Innovation projects with or without partners
  • Innovation projects for start-ups
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