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Sectors: Environment, Industry, Innovation, SME Policy

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Development NGOs, International Organisation, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, Research centres, SMEs, Training centres, Universities

Regions: Candidate countries, European Union

Category: Call for proposals


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Candidate countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey
Eastern Neighbourhood Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine
Other country: Iceland


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Responsible: European Commission


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COSME – Accelerate and scale up innovation applications for a sustainable and circular fashion industry – 2019
Funds for: enhancing the competitiveness and improve the environmental performance of European fashion industry

Priorities and funded actions:

* To build capacity and to support small businesses in the fashion sector, who wants to start or scale-up a sustainable/circular business in the fashion industry;
* To facilitate cross-border/transnational cooperation to support the transfer of knowledge and best practice on sustainable/circular fashion;
* To organise capacity building and support activities for SMEs, designers and start-ups in the fashion industry willing to become more sustainable and turn their business model into a circular one;
* To provide technical and financial support to SMEs, designers and start-ups to enable the scaling-up of innovative applications, products, processes or ideas for sustainable and circular fashion

* To support the transition of small companies in the fashion industry to more sustainable and circular business models

Among financed actions
* Mapping of the relevant initiatives and actors, opportunities and challenges for SMEs, designers and start-ups in the fashion industry to become more sustainable;
* Dedicated platform for project management and communication;
* Establishing cooperation between relevant organisations and actors of the fashion industry, sustainability and circular economy actors;
* Exchanging and disseminating existing knowledge, good practice and project results; 
* Collaborative workshops, individual and group coaching, peer to peer learning, boot camps, physical and online training courses, webinars;
* Organising a selection/competition to identify at least 25 and up to maximum 35 most promising sustainable business ideas in fashion industry with high potential for innovation, coming from transnational partnerships;
* Technical support for the implementation of the most promising sustainable business ideas in fashion industry;
* Developing proofs of concept and prototypes of new products and services, developing and testing new business models, developing collaboration to test more sustainable/recycled material, supporting participation in trade shows or other showcase events

Additional information
* This call for proposals is an open call for proposals

* Initial duration of the action: between 24 and 36 months

* Eligibility:
– Be a legal entity within a consortium;
– Be a non-profit organization (private or public);
– Be a public authority (national, regional, local);
– University or educational institution;
– Be an international organization;
– Be a non-governmental organization;
– Be a European umbrella organization;
– Be a business support organization;
– Be a provider of sustainable solutions;
– Be a recycling centre;
– Be a research centre;
– Be a for-profit entity;
– Be a provider of financial solutions;
– Be established in the territory of an EU Member State or in a country participating in the COSME programme;
– Proposals must be submitted by consortia of at least four legal entities, from at least three different EU Member States and/or COSME participating countries;
– At least one consortium member must be an entity operating in more than two EU Member States