Call: Cluster Excellence Programme: Promoting Cluster Management Excellence Across the EU
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COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) running from 2014 to 2020 with a planned budget of 2.3 bn. €.
COSME aims to make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to access finance in all phases of their lifecycle – creation, expansion, or business transfer. Thanks to EU support, businesses have easier access to guarantees, loans and equity capital. EU ‘financial instruments’ are channelled through local financial institutions in EU countries. To find a financial institution in your country, visit the Access to Finance portal.
COSME helps businesses to access markets in the EU and beyond. It funds the Enterprise Europe Network that helps SMEs find business and technology partners, and understand EU legislation; the Your Europe Business portal that provides practical information on doing business within Europe; and the SME Internationalisation Portal for companies who want to develop their activities outside Europe. It also finances a number of IPR (intellectual property rights) SME Helpdesks.
COSME supports entrepreneurs by strengthening entrepreneurship education, mentoring, guidance and other support services. Actions support specific groups who may find it difficult to reach their full potential, such as young people, women and senior entrepreneurs. The programme also aims to help businesses access opportunities offered by digital technologies.
Improving business conditions
COSME aims to reduce the administrative and regulatory burden on SMEs by creating a business-friendly environment. COSME also supports businesses to be competitive by encouraging them to adopt new business models and innovative practices. This complements actions in areas with high growth potential such as the tourism sector.
Cluster Excellence Programme: Promoting Cluster Management Excellence Across the EU
|Description of call |
"Cluster Excellence Programme: Promoting Cluster Management Excellence Across the EU"
With a view to prioritising bigger actions which benefit concretely SMEs and imply a simpler implementation by the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME), it is decided to merge the 2015 and 2016 budget allocated to cluster excellence.
The envisaged actions will build on the results achieved by the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI) launched in 2009, namely the design and validation of a benchmarking tool to be used by cluster organisations to improve their management practices. The ECEI also contributed to develop training material using case studies and concrete examples of good practices to the benefit of cluster managers.
Building on the above, the action will therefore implement benchmarking and learning activities addressed to consortia of cluster organisations and business networks in COSME participating countries willing to engage into strategic collaboration on a joint industrial project with specific challenges, in order to help them:
These activities will focus on the implementation of benchmarking and learning activities that will contribute to meeting these challenges.
|Thematic Focus||Education, Finances, Industry, SME, Technologies, Tourism, Administration|
|Funding area|| EU Member States |
Potential Candidate Countries
|Select Origin of Applicant|| EU Member States |
Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia / поранешна југословенска Република Македонија
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
Serbia / Сpбија
Turkey / Türkiye
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
|Eligible applicants||Education and Training Centres, Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Research Institution, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), NGO / NPO, National Government, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association, Public Services, Other|
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Applicants must be legal entities established in a EU Member State or in a COSME Participating Country.
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Applicants must set up a consortium with a designated coordinator. An eligible consortium must fulfil all of the following criteria:
|Project duration max||24 months|
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The maximum EU contribution to be granted to each project will be 214,000 €. The EU grant is limited to a maximum co-funding rate of 75% of eligible costs.
Applicants are requested to log in at http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal and follow the procedure for submitting an application.
The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) manages COSME on behalf of the European Commission.