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SMP COSME – Joint Cluster Initiatives (EUROCLUSTERS) for Europe’s recovery – 2021

The Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) under the Single Market Programme (SMP) 2021-2027 aims to promote growth and to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of enterprises in the European Union and beyond.

42 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Energy Health Tourism
Beneficiaries Media & cultural organisation
Regions European Economic Area, European Union

Eligible countries for the grant:

  • Countries associated to the COSME part of the Single Market Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature.

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Priorities and funded actions


  • Network for resilience to improve the resilience of the EU industrial ecosystems by developing value chains interlinkages in the EU Single Market;
  • Innovate for strategic autonomy to build capacity in the most critical supplies and technologies of their ecosystems;
  • Adopt processes and technologies to reinforce transformation into a greener and more digital economy;
  • Train to foster up- and re-skilling of the workforce whilst attracting talents;
  • Go international to boost access to global supply and value chains.


  • Open Strand: this strand invites proposals focused on cross fertilisation of various industrial ecosystems with no specific focus on one industrial ecosystem.
  • Industrial ecosystem strands:
    • Tourism,
    • Mobility-Transport-Automotive,
    • Aerospace & Defence,
    • Construction,
    • Agri-food,
    • Energy Intensive Industries,
    • Textile,
    • Creative & Cultural Industries,
    • Digital,
    • Renewable Energy,
    • Electronics,
    • Retail,
    • Proximity & Social Economy,
    • Health.

Among financed activites

  • Design and build new collaboration models between European cluster organisations and other key actors facilitating value chain interlinkages along and across different industrial ecosystems with a view of having resilience preparedness/business continuity plans;
  • Identify product innovations to reduce dependency on critical inputs and technologies in the Euroclusters’ value chains with a view to introducing new-to-firm products or services;
  • Foster the implementation of business process innovations tied to the adoption of technologies that help SMEs meet requirements for their successful green and digital transitions;
  • Build up the cluster managers’ skills to offer better services for up / re-skilling and attracting talents;
  • Establish joint services for SMEs (e.g. trainings, courses, recruitment, job facilitation, etc.) for up / reskilling the workforce and talent management;
  • Establish services that support international trade, investment and partnering opportunities for European SMEs to facilitate the signature of cooperation agreements between European entities (intermediaries and/or businesses) and entities in third countries;
  • Communicate effectively about the work and results of the Eurocluster.

Additional information

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


  • Be a legal entity (public or private);
  • Be established in one of the eligible countries;
  • Be or represent a cluster organisation, a Single Market Programme cluster network, or other types of organisations supporting green and digital transitions and build EU resilience.
  • Amount of the grant: 42 million euro
  • Indicative budget per lot: maximum 1,4 million euro per project.
  • Co-financing rate: up to 100% of the total eligible costs.

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