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SMP COSME – European Agri-food Sustainability Cluster Partnerships – 2023

SMP COSME - European Agri-food Sustainability Cluster Partnerships supporting both preparatory and implementation actions for the establishment and development of new 'European Agri-food Sustainability Cluster Partnerships' supporting the implementation of the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices by SMEs.

2023-09-28
3 million euro
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Appeal framework

Call reference SMP-COSME-2023-AGRICLUSTER
Program Single Market Programme (SMP)
Institution European Commission
Sectors Agriculture & Fisheries Environment & Climate Health
Beneficiaries Association & NGO EU & International Organisation Large company (> 250 employees) Professional organisation & network

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SMP-COSME-2023-AGRICLUSTER



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Priorities and funded actions

Objectives

  • To support both preparatory and implementation actions for the establishment and development of new ‘European
    Agri-food Sustainability Cluster Partnerships’ supporting the implementation of the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices by SMEs
  • To identify and strengthen existing agri-food industry support organisations of different types and maturity levels  together
  • To support the development of agri-food cluster organisations in more EU regions, building on existing industry support organisations
  • To create and maintain long-term sustainability expertise in agri-food clusters, industry support organisations and technology centres on all objectives of the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices

Priorities

  • Priority 1: To improve the nutritional composition and environmental footprint of food products/meals
  • Priority 2: To optimise and develop innovative solutions to prevent food waste during transportation, distribution, home storage and use
  • Priority 3: To identify and implement measures to improve the material efficiency of processes
  • Priority 4: To optimise the use of raw materials through valorisation
  • Priority 5: To improve collaboration along the food supply chain to minimise food losses and waste
  • Priority 6: To reduce energy use and improve energy efficiency for production through the use of less energy-intensive and low-carbon technologies
  • Priority 7: To increase the use of renewable energy sources
  • Priority 8: To improve water-efficiency
  • Priority 9: To reduce net emissions by applying sustainable bio(-economy)-based solutions
  • Priority 10: To improve sustainability of food and drink packaging

Among financed actions

  • Selection of agri-food SMEs to be supported
  • Identification and presentation of pre-existing best practices
  • Definition of a Common Strategic Agenda
  • Creating a network of agri-food technology centres
  • Appointment of Green Transition Advisors in each agri-food cluster or industry support organisation
  • Collective support actions
  • Individual support actions to individual SMEs
  • Communication on the results of the projects and exit strategy

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: between 30 and 36 months

Eligibility

  • Be a legal entity
  • Be or represent an agri-food cluster organisation; industry support organisation or agri-food technology centre
  • A consortium composed of at least 4 entities, established in at least 3 different EU Member States or associated countries to the programme must be constituted
Financement
  • Total budget of the call: 3 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: 1 million euro
  • Co financing rate: up to 90% of the total eligible costs

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