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Call: Cluster Go international in the defence and security sector

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Programme
COSME
Acronym COSME
Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme
"COSME"

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. €.

Accessing finance

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.

Opening markets

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.

Supporting entrepreneurs

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.  

Link http://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/cosme/index_en.htm
Call
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.
 

Link https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/cos-clusint-2017-03-6-clusters-go-international-defence-and-security-sector
Thematic Focus Competitiveness, SME, Industry
Funding area EU Member States
Select Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia / поранешна југословенска Република Македонија
Iceland / Ísland
Moldova
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
Serbia / Сpбија
Turkey / Türkiye
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Others
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 Grant
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 http://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/cosme-eu-programme-competitiveness-enterprises-and-small-and-medium-sized-enterprises-smes and follow the procedure for submitting an application.
Contact Details

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) manages COSME on behalf of the European Commission.


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