New COSME call Clusters Go International published

The European Commission has published a new call under the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME). The call Cluster Go International with identifier COS-CLUSINT-2016-03-01 has a budget of € 5,790,000. Deadline for submission is May 23, 2017.

This action builds upon the 2014 "Clusters Go International" call (COS-CLUSTER-2014-3-03) that contributed to launch the first round of projects in January 2016 encouraging cluster organisations across Europe to establish 'European Strategic Cluster Partnerships-Going International' (ESCP-4i) and work concretely together to exploit synergies as well as to develop a joint internationalisation strategy for the benefit of their SMEs. The 1st call has supported the establishment of up to 26 Partnerships (ESCP-4i). The Partnerships are active in various industrial and cross-sectoral areas including health, aerospace, mobility and logistics, agrifood, energy, marine and environment, packaging, materials and photonics, ICT, construction and sports. This action further exploits synergies with other key initiatives of the Cluster Internationalisation Programme for SMEs that have been launched to promote transnational cluster cooperation within and beyond Europe with a view to better support SMEs in global competition. 


The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at € 400,000 for strand 1.b, and € 5,390,000 for strands 1.a and 2:

The maximum grant per project will be € 200,000 per project for strands 1.a and 1.b. The maximum grant per project for strand 2 will be € 448,750. EASME expects to fund two proposals for strand 1.b, nine proposals for strand 1.a and eight proposals for strand 2. The grant is limited to a maximum reimbursement rate of 75% of eligible costs.


The COSME programme aims to make it easier for SMEs to access finance in all phases of their lifecycle - creation, expansion, or business transfer.

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