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Call: European incubation network(s) for creativity-driven innovation

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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European incubation network(s) for creativity-driven innovation
Description of call
"European incubation network(s) for creativity-driven innovation"
The action aims to support the creation of trans-national network(s) of business incubators and accelerators with a focus on providing business support to SMEs and start-ups in the fashion and the tourism sectors integrating creativity, art and design skills from CCIs (Cultural and Creative Industries) with cutting-edge technology, science and other relevant expertise.

The Call is targeting at two distinctive sectors FashionTech and Tourism. For that purpose, Topic 1 (FashionTech) is to support trans-national network(s) of business incubators and accelerators providing business support to SMEs and start-ups focussing on the intersection of Fashion and technology. The other topic 2 (Tourism) is to support trans-national network(s) of business incubators and accelerators providing business support to SMEs and start-ups operating in the tourism sector focussing on CCIs driven innovation.
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Thematic Focus Art and Culture, Tourism, Innovation, SME, Technologies, Trade, Competitiveness
Funding area EU Member States
EFTA countries
EEA Countries
Potential Candidate Countries
Neighbouring Countries
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 NGO / NPO, Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, University, Research Institution, Association, Other
Applicant details The consortium is the network submitting the application.
Project Partner Details Proposals must be presented by consortia forming trans-national network(s) of business incubators, accelerators and business support organisations providing business support to SMEs and start-ups.
Consortia must be composed of at least four legal entities from at least three different EU Member States and/or COSME participating countries, as listed under section 6.1
Recurring Call Yes
Project duration min 24 months
Project duration max 36 months
Further info Applications for projects scheduled to run for a shorter or longer period than that specified in this call for proposals will not be accepted.
Financial details The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at 2.6 Mio. € split as following:
Lot 1: 1.6 Mio. €.
Lot 2: 1 Mio. €.
The maximum grant per project will be 1.6 Mio. € per project for Lot 1, and 1 Mio. € for Lot. 2
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.
No modification to the application is allowed once the deadline for submission has elapsed. However, if there is a need to clarify certain aspects or for the correction of clerical mistakes, the EASME may contact the applicant for this purpose during the evaluation process.
Applicants will be informed in writing about the results of the selection process.
Contact Details

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

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