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Call: Improving SMEs' access to public procurement

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

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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Call
Improving SMEs' access to public procurement
Description of call
"Improving SMEs' access to public procurement"

The general objective of this call for proposals is to contribute to improving SMEs participation in tenders, especially across borders, through actions of intermediate organisations supporting SME's participations in public procurement.

As the needs of SMEs vary from both country to country and sector to sector, organisations submitting proposals must tailor their services to their clients' needs. However, each proposal has to have a cross-border dimension, covering at least the countries represented in the consortium.

The action must cover several types of activities, such as:

  1. Exchange of information on procurement between Member States (tender alerts and guides on country specific elements on public procurement)
  2. Training and advisory services to SMEs (e.g. on the changes introduced by the new Directives, use of e-procurement systems, developing a proposal, etc.)
  3. Organising matchmaking events
  4. Coaching/mentoring on bidding in other Member States
  5. Organising business-to-procurers events
  6. Coaching/mentoring on joint bids
  7. Mentoring activities between large companies and SMEs, etc.

The expected results include the following:

  • Intermediate organisations offering more and better support to SMEs in public procurement, especially cross-border procurement
  • Better informed and prepared SMEs to participate in public procurement
  • More SMEs participating in public procurement, especially cross-border procurement
  • Materials presenting the specificities of the public procurement legislation in the different Member States
  • Better informed procurers on the specificities of SMEs and on the technologies available in the market
  • SME-formed consortia to participate in calls for tender
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Thematic Focus Trade, Capacity Building
Funding area EU Member States
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Moldova
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Serbia / Сpбија
Turkey / Türkiye
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Others
Eligible applicants Association, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, Public Services
Applicant details

Applicants must be legal entities forming a consortium. The entities participating in the consortia must be organisations having a core activity in business support and/or the promotion of SME participation in public procurement. 
This may include:

  • Chambers of commerce and industry or similar bodies; 
  • Business support organisations, start-up centres and incubators; 
  • Business associations and business support networks; 
  • Public and private entities offering business support services; 
  • Public authorities active in supporting SME participation in public procurement. 

Affiliated entities, i.e. legal entities having a legal or capital link with applicants, who are neither limited to the action nor established for the sole purpose of its implementation, shall take part in the action as applicants in order to declare eligible costs.

Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details

Applicants must be legal entities forming a consortium. This call aims at selecting consortia composed of minimum 3 legal entities from 3 Member States and countries participating in the COSME programme under Article 6 of the COSME Regulation.

Information regarding 3rd countries' participation in COSME is available on the DG GROW website.

The entities participating in the consortia must be organisations having a core activity in business support and/or the promotion of SME participation in public procurement. 

Recurring Call unknown
Project duration max 18 months
Type of Funding Grant
Financial details
The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at 800 000 €.
It is estimated that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of 250 000 € would allow the objectives of this call for proposals to be addressed appropriately.
Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
EASME expects to fund 4 proposals.
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-programmecompetitiveness-enterprises-and-small-and-medium-sized-enterprises-smes and follow the procedure for submitting an application.
Contact Details
EASME-COSME-ENQUIRIES@ec.europa.eu

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