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Sectors: Economy - Finances, Enlargement, Industry, SME Policy, Trade

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Agencies Chambers, Banks, Civil Society Organisations, Corporations, Development NGOs, Federations Unions, International Organisation, Investment Funds, Local and Regional authorities, Media and cultural organisations, Non-profit organisations, Research centres, Schools, SMEs, Training centres, Universities

Regions: European Union

Category: Call for proposals

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WE Funding – COSME – Intensify…
Funds for: intensifying cluster and business network collaboration across European countries and also across sectorial boundaries
Main beneficiaries: legal entities

Responsible: European commission

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Funds for: intensifying cluster and business network collaboration across European countries and also across sectorial boundaries
Main beneficiaries: legal entities

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives
* To intensify cluster and business network collaboration across European countries and also across sectorial boundaries;
* To support the establishment of European Strategic Cluster Partnerships to lead international cluster cooperation in fields of strategic interest towards third countries beyond Europe and notably in support of the development of emerging industries

Priorities
* To help European SMEs access new global value chains and take a leading position globally;
* To promote cluster internationalisation;
* To support SME internationalisation

Among financed actions 
* Strand 1 – Preparatory phase
– Development of a joint internationalisation strategy defining a joint European strategic vision with a global perspective and common goals and actions towards specific third markets as well as an implementation roadmap;
– Dissemination about all project activities, news, events, testimonials and results channelled through the dedicated partnership section of the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP);
– Learning and monitoring activities;
– Identification of initial strategic partners across Europe;
– Legal advice for developing a legal representation for the consortium
* Strand 2.a – Implementation phase in a wide range of European industrial sectors and value chain / Strand 2.b – Implementation phase in Space and Digital sector
– Development and signature of cooperation agreements between the Partnership and international;
– Development and signature of business agreements;
– Undertaking the necessary steps to make these business agreements commercially viable;
– Preparation of a long-term strategy for the Partnership with a medium to long-term cooperation agenda by involving the different relevant stakeholders
– Learning and monitoring activities, such as promoting exchanges between Partnerships and enabling cross-fertilisation and learning from their successful and unsuccessful experiences as well as monitoring activities measuring the outcomes of the Partnership based on a clear set of performance indicators including business and innovation oriented results derived from their international cluster cooperation activities
Additional information;
– International matchmaking activities with third countries involving also the cluster Partnership SME members

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

* Initial duration of the action: between 18 and 24 months

* Eligibility:
– Applicants must be legal entities forming a consortium all registered or having submitted a registration on the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) by the submission deadline of this Call;
– Applicants may be profit-making or non-for-profit legal entities as well as fully or partly public or private bodies;
– Be established in one of the EU Member States or one of the countries participating in the COSME programme

– The consortium must be composed of at least three different legal entities;
– The consortium must be established in a minimum of three different countries participating in the COSME programme, among which at least two must be from two different EU Member States