Evaluation and decision


Your application must comply with all of Eurostars' formal requirements. Your application must contain all the information necessary for a technical, scientific and economic evaluation. The evaluation comprises a formal and a content-related assessment. The entire evaluation process usually takes four months.

Formal requirements for your application

In a first step, the Eureka Secretariat and the national funding agencies will check whether your application meets the formal requirements:

  • Your consortium is led by an innovative SME from a Eurostars country.
  • Your consortium includes at least two independent entities.
  • Your consortium includes entities from at least two Eurostars countries with at least one entity from an EU or Horizon Europe associated country.
  • The budget of the SME(s) from a Eurostars country is 50% or more of the total project cost, excluding subcontracting.
  • No single participant or country is responsible for more than 70% of the project budget.
  • The project duration is 36 months or less.
  • The project has an exclusively civilian purpose.
  • None of the project partners is involved in ongoing bankruptcy proceedings, is insolvent or has been convicted of illegal practices.

Content-related criteria for the evaluation of your application

In a second step, three experts will evaluate the quality of the content of your application based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the consortium
  • Added value through international cooperation
  • Innovation content compared with the current state of the art
  • Generation of new knowledge
  • Level of technical challenge
  • Achievability of the objectives set and appropriate risk reduction strategy
  • Realistic and clearly defined project management
  • Appropriate and rational cost structure
  • Realistic market potential and impact in the market
  • Market access and risks
  • Expected competitive advantage
  • Clear and realistic planning of the market launch

Decision of the evaluation panel and the participating countries

Based on the formal and content-related review, an independent evaluation panel will draw up a ranking list of the applications. The highest ranked applications will be funded with the highest priority, and the lowest ranked applications will be funded with the lowest priority. Applications below a certain score will be rejected.

Once the ranking list has been approved by the participating countries, the synchronisation of funding will begin. Each country has reserved a funding budget for Eurostars and will allocate it to the applications with a positive evaluation. If the number of positively evaluated applications exceeds the available budget, the countries will check whether the funding budget can be increased. Approved applications that cannot be funded by all countries will be rejected unless the partners decide to cover the full costs of the project themselves.

If your application is approved

As a project partner, you will receive the evaluation results from the Eureka Secretariat by e-mail. After the funding has been synchronised, the Eureka Secretariat will decree the approval or rejection of the applications by e-mail.

After the Eureka Secretariat has communicated the evaluation results, Swiss applicants with an approved application will be contacted by Innosuisse and invited to contract negotiations.

If your application is rejected

You can either submit your revised application again, or you can object to the evaluation. As an applicant, you will receive all the evaluation documents and will be able to use these to revise your application for resubmission.

I wish to object to the evaluation
The project coordinator for a rejected application may submit an appeal to the Eureka Secretariat within one month of having been notified that the application was rejected. You may only object to procedural errors. The assessment performed by remote experts or the independent evaluation panel may not be appealed, and neither may the assessment resulting from the financial liability check performed by the national funding bodies.

Appeals must be sent in writing and by registered mail to the following address:
Eurostars Redress Committee
Eureka Association
Avenue de Tervuren 2
1040 Brussels

Only one appeal may be lodged per application. The guidelines for submitting an appeal can be found on the Eurostars website.

Last modification 31.05.2023

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