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Call: Strategic Cluster Partnerships for smart specialisation investments

Acronym COSME
Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme

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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Strategic Cluster Partnerships for smart specialisation investments
Description of call
"Strategic Cluster Partnerships for smart specialisation investments"
The objective of this measure is to pilot the implementation of European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for smart specialisation investments in the context of the Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation and Investment. It aims to bring together cluster organisations, other business networks, technology centres and science parks in European Strategic Cluster Partnerships, that are expected to be formed around common industrial thematic areas, which also correspond to the smart specialisation priorities of their regions. The focus of the measure is placed on industrial modernisation, such as through Key Enabling Technologies, ICT, service innovation and resource efficiency. The possible industrial thematic areas of the Partnerships therefore include advanced manufacturing, digital transformation/industry 4.0, digital platforms, big data analytics, space data services, advanced material and disruptive business models and service concepts including in creative industries, textiles and tourism.
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Thematic Focus Capacity Building, Cooperation Networks, Institutional Cooperation
Funding area EU Member States
Potential Candidate Countries
Candidate Countries
EU Neighbourhood Policy Countries
Iceland / Ísland
Norway / Norge
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Serbia / Сpбија
Turkey / Türkiye
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Eligible applicants Research Institution, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, Public Services, Association
Applicant details Consortia composed of
  • at least three different legal entities and established in a minimum of three different EU Member States or countries participating in the COSME programme
  • one partner representing a cluster organisation or business network organisation
  • one organisation being established in a region classified as "less developed" or "in transition"
Project Partner Yes
Project duration min 12 months
Project duration max 24 months
Type of Funding Grants
Financial details total budget: 2,8 Mio. €
max. grant: 350 000 €
EU-Cofinancing rate: 75%
Submission Electronic Submission Service-Participant Portal
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