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Call: Speeding up EU industrial modernisation by improving support for pan-European demonstration facilities – the 3D printing case

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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Speeding up EU industrial modernisation by improving support for pan-European demonstration facilities – the 3D printing case
Description of call
"Speeding up EU industrial modernisation by improving support for pan-European demonstration facilities – the 3D printing case"
Considering the potential of additive manufacturing for the modernisation of the European industry, the objective of this Call is to establish a virtual support platform connecting  3D printing-related centres in Member States to improve services in this area for innovative SMEs and to facilitate the testing and validation of 3D printing industrial projects.

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Thematic Focus Competitiveness, Industry, Technologies, SME, Biotechnology
Funding area EU Member States
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Eligible applicants Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Start Up Company, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, Research Institution
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details The consortium must be composed of a minimum of three different legal entities located in at least three Member States. 
Project duration max 36 months
Type of Funding Grant
Financial details total budget: 800 000 €
1 project will be funded
EU Cofinancing rate: 80%
Submission Electronic Submission System (SEP) 
Contact Details

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

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