Differences between Eurostars and CORNET


  • The Nature of the Research Topic

Eurostars supports the development of rapidly marketable innovative products, processes and services.

CORNET finances Collective Research that solves common problems of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) of a branch. The research deals with pre-competitive topics, which includes broad publication after a project is completed.

  • The Target Group: high-tech SMEs vs. SMEs with limited own research capacities

Eurostar’s target group are high-tech SMEs, i.e. SMEs that are able to perform research and development (R&D) on their own, by dedicating e.g. at least 10% of their turnover to R&D activities.

CORNET’s target group are SMEs with no or limited own research capacities, that need to solve Collective Research problems.

  • Individual SMEs vs. Groups of SMEs

Eurostars funds individual SMEs as project leader.

CORNET provides funding for consortia of SMEs of a branch (at least 5 per country/region) that have a problem in common with their competitors and therefore join forces with them for a Collective Research project. The research work is performed by a research organisation.

Things in common between Eurostars and CORNET                                                                              

  • Bottom-up approach

Both initiatives organise calls for proposals that follow a bottom-up approach, e.g. research topics are not pre-defined and can be decided by applicants themselves.

  • Mainly national / regional funding

Both Eurostars and CORNET are mainly based on national or regional funding sources (with EC top-up in Eurostars).