The European Union provides many opportunities for businesses, such as access to expertise and resources to offering funding streams, making international partnership connections and supporting international business expansion.

European Union funding schemes


Eurostars is a joint programme between EUREKA and the European Commission aimed at stimulating research-performing SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing access to support and funding. Eurostars is backed up by a €1.14 billion total budget and specifically targets the development of new products, processes and services and access to transnational and international markets. It is an ideal first step in international cooperation, enabling small businesses to combine and share expertise and benefit from working beyond national borders.

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Horizon2020 is the biggest ever EU funding programme, designed to drive economic growth and create jobs by coupling research with business innovation.

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Interreg Europe funds regional and local governments to invest in business opportunities by driving better policy delivery, creating an environment for solution sharing, growth and job generation.

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Marie Curie

The Marie Curie Research Grants Scheme commits £1 million each year. This is used to fund high quality research with the potential to improve end of life care for those with terminal illnesses, and better inform quality of care for those with advanced progressive life-limiting conditions.

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