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Call: Public Procurement of Innovation

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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.  

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Call
Public Procurement of Innovation
Description of call
"Public Procurement of Innovation"
This call supports projects that focus on improving market access for SMEs inside the EU, specifically regarding the public procurement market. Specifically, this call focus on the following 3 objectives:
  1. encourage cooperation between public buyers to promote the use of public procurement to contribute to the development of innovation
  2.  use public procurement as a mechanism to pilot innovation in areas of strong public interest (e.g. clean energy or healthcare)
  3.  link and establish synergies with research and innovation projects funded by the EU
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Thematic Focus Innovation, SME, Competitiveness, Energy, Health, Climate, Research
Funding area EU Member States
Albania / Shqipëria
Armenia / Հայաստան
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
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Albania / Shqipëria
Armenia / Հայաստան
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
Eligible applicants NGO / NPO, Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, National Government, Education and Training Centres, Research Institution, University, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Association, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees)
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details The consortium has to be composed of a minimum of two public buyers from two different eligible countries
Call opens 11.07.2018
Call closes 11.12.2018
Project duration min 36 months
Project duration max 48 months
Type of Funding Grant
Financial details Budget: 4 million €
Budget per project: 800 000 € - 1.5 million €
Co-financing rate: max. 90%
Submission Online 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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