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Call: Innovation procurement brokers

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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Innovation procurement brokers
Description of call
"Innovation procurement brokers "
This call for proposals will support one pilot for the co-financing of one Innovation Procurement Broker, bringing together public buyers, suppliers of innovation, investors and researchers,  to develop and implement a sustainable method for the successful facilitation of public procurement of innovation. A specific focus will be put on the broad area of topics related to environmental sustainability and energy efficiency within the European Single Market.
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Thematic Focus Services, Energy, Innovation, Capacity Building, Sustainability
Funding area EU Member States
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, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), Education and Training Centres, Start Up Company, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Public Services
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details Consortia must have at least 2 members from at least 2 eligible countries. At least one member of the consortium has to be a public authority (European, national, regional, local). The coordinator of the consortium shall be a public body.
Project duration min 18 months
Project duration max 24 months
Further info all activities are to be completed by 1 July 2020
Type of Funding Grant
Financial details The maximum grant per project will be 600 000 €.
EASME expects to fund one proposal.
The grant is limited to a maximum reimbursement rate of 90% of eligible costs.
Submission Electronic submission via Participant Portal
Contact Details

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

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