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Call: Cluster Go international in the defence and security sector

Acronym COSME
Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme

COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
COSME supports SMEs in the following areas:

  • Accessing finance
  • Opening markets
  • Supporting entrepreneurs
  • Improving business conditions
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Cluster Go international in the defence and security sector
Description of call
"Cluster Go international in the defence and security sector"

Europe has a strong base of cutting-edge SMEs, often highly specialised in key enabling and emerging technologies. Transferring their knowledge to defence markets provides benefits to both civil and defence communities through faster innovation cycles, lower development costs and expanded markets.
Applicants are invited to propose actions that contribute to establish a "European Strategic Cluster Partnership – Going International" including the development of a joint internationalisation strategy for the Partnership with common goals towards specific third markets and a roadmap for implementation facilitating the internationalisation of its SME members.

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Thematic Focus Competitiveness, SME
Funding area EU Member States
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Serbia / Сpбија
Turkey / Türkiye
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Eligible applicants Other, , Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined)
Applicant details

Applicants must be legal entities forming a consortium all representing a cluster organisation or a business network organisation registered or planned to be registered on the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP).
Applicants must be legal entities all representing a cluster organisation or a business network organisation involved in supporting the enhancement of collaboration, networking and learning in innovation clusters and providing or channelling specialised and customised businesses support services to stimulate innovation activities.

Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details

Applicant organisations must form consortia composed of at least three different cluster or business network organisations established in three different EU Member States.

At least one of the three applying cluster or business network organisations must be a defence-related entity.
Recurring Call Yes
Project duration min 12 months
Project duration max 24 months
Type of Funding Grants
Financial details

The maximum grant per project will be 200 000 €.
The grant is limited to a maximum reimbursement rate of 75% of eligible costs.

Submission Applicants are requested to go to and follow the procedure for submitting an application.
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