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COS-CLUSTER-2015-3-02 Clusters Excellence Programme
Deadline: Mar 31, 2016  

 Entrepreneurship and SMEs

The objective of the Clusters Excellence programme call for proposals is to strengthen cluster management to provide more professional business services to European SMEs and, as a result, to contribute to the development of more world-class clusters in the EU.

In order to pursue cluster management excellence, cluster organisations need to provide support services to their members and develop strategic approaches to address the innovation, growth and globalization challenges that SMEs face.

The action will therefore be implemented by consortia of cluster and/or business network organisations operating in countries participating in Europe’s programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (COSME) that are striving towards cluster management excellence.

It will help cluster organisations deliver services more efficiently and develop strategic plans to generate greater added value for their members, including through cluster collaboration across Europe.

This call further aims to promote cross-cluster learning, with a particular focus on engaging cluster organisations from regions with different levels of economic development and, likewise, cluster organisations with distinct stages of development and experience.

Submission of proposals

The deadline for electronic submission is 31 March 2016 17.00 hours (Brussels time).

The electronic submission reference for this call will be COS-CLUSTER-2015-3-02.

Please click and access the Participant Portal to draft and submit proposals.

For full details, please consult the text of the call available below.


This call is foreseen for cluster organisations or business network organisations which provide innovation support, especially to SMEs. Applicants must be established in COSME countries.

Each eligible consortium must be composed of minimum three legal entities from at least three COSME Participating Countries, must include at least two applicants that are established in regions of the EU classified as less developed or in transition and it must include at least two applicants that have either no Cluster Excellence label or only a Cluster Excellence bronze label.

Applicants may not participate in more than one proposal under this call.

In case one or more of the applicant organisations fail to comply with any of the mandatory requirements, the whole consortium will be considered ineligible.

Information regarding 3rd countries' participation in COSME is now available on the DG GROW website.

Detailed eligibility criteria are laid out in Section 6 of the call.


EASME is available to answer questions relating to the content of the present call for proposals.

All questions must be sent by e-mail to:

Answers to questions received will be published at regular intervals. Before sending queries to the EASME, please read carefully the "FAQs" document.

For more details please consult regularly the COSME webpage.


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