European Cluster Excellence Programme [COSME Programme – EC]

Proposals Due: 4.4 2019. The overall objective of this action is to strengthen cluster management excellence and facilitate exchanges and strategic partnering between clusters and specialised eco-systems across Europe. The action aims to foster SME competitiveness and assist companies to successfully access global markets by exploiting the innovation and growth potential that clusters can offer.

The specific objective is to enhance the collaboration, networking and learning of cluster organisations and their members towards the professionalization of specialised and customised business support services provided or channelled to SMEs. The aim is to foster cluster excellence capacity-building and to promote cross cluster learning in order to help cluster organisations and their members to acquire the necessary skills and take actions to explore and take up new solutions.

Maximum Grant Request per project: EUR 360.000. Project Duration: 20-24 months.

Applicants must be legal entities forming a consortium. Each legal entity must: (a) be established in EU Member States and countries participating in the COSME programme; (b) be a cluster organisation or a business network organisation involved in supporting the enhancement of collaboration, networking and learning in innovation clusters to stimulate innovative activities; and (c) be registered or have requested to be registered on the European Cluster Collaboration Platform.

Proposals must be submitted by consortia: (a) composed of at least three different legal entities; and (b) established in a minimum of three different EU Member States or countries participating in the COSME programme; and (c) including at least one consortium member representing an organisation established in a region classified as ‘less developed’ or ‘in transition’.