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Call: Design-based Consumer Goods

Acronym COSME
Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme

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.  

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Design-based Consumer Goods
Description of call
"Design-based Consumer Goods"

The objective of the action is to reinforce the competitiveness of the European SMEs active in the design-based consumer goods area.


By encouraging the market uptake of new and creative solutions in the design-based consumer goods area, the action aims at multiplying the effects of foreseen solutions by mobilising a wide market uptake and reaching a critical mass and self-sufficiency during the project duration or in the short/medium term.


The call for design-based consumer goods aims to shorten the time-to-market of innovative solutions, remove obstacles to wider application of creative solutions, create or enlarge markets for related products (or services) and finally improve the competitiveness of European SMEs in world markets. Moreover, there is an important potential to replicate the innovations not only in participating SMEs but also across the supply-chain while generating important spill-overs. 

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Thematic Focus Trade, Industry, Innovation, SME, Art and Culture, Competitiveness
Funding area EU Member States
EFTA countries
EEA Countries
Candidate Countries
Eastern Partnership
Potential Candidate Countries
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, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), National Government, University, Association, Public Services, Other
Applicant details

Applicant organisations must be legal entities. They can be fully or partly public or private bodies; private bodies must be properly constituted and registered under national law. The call is open to SMEs and other legal entities. 


Only applications from legal entities established in the following countries are eligible:


  • EU Member States;
  • countries participating in the COSME programme pursuant to Article 6 of the COSME Regulation.
Project Partner Details

SMEs may participate alone or in a consortium. Only consortia coordinated by an SME are eligible to this call. Consortium can include partners such as universities and educational institutions, research and technology organisations, relevant support services, other SMEs or other legal entities. The definition of an SME is laid down in the EC Recommendation (2003/361/EC).



Recurring Call No
Project starts 01.01.2017
Project duration min 12 months
Project duration max 33 months
Financial details

The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at 4 000 000 €.


The typical size of the EU contribution will be between 800 000 € and 1 million € per selected project. The grant is limited to a maximum reimbursement rate of 50% of eligible costs.


The Executive Agency for SMEs  expects to fund between 4-5 proposals. 


Please click and access the Participant Portal to draft and submit proposals.



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

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