Call for Proposals - Towards World-Class Clusters - Promoting Cluster Excellence 62/G/ENT/CIP/13/C/N04C031 Closed!


The objective of this Call for proposals is to pursue the EU efforts aimed at strengthening cluster management excellence in the EU by further using the results and tools developed by the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI) and building upon the experience and lessons learned from the 2011 Call for proposals and the current projects working on cluster excellence.


The action will support:

  • Training activities addressed to all project partners on how to use the benchmarking tool provided by the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA) for assessing the performance of the management of cluster organisations;
  • Training activities addressed to all project partners on how to assist cluster managers to improve their management skills and provide high quality services to their cluster members, by using the training materials provided by the European Foundation for Cluster Excellence (EFCE);
  • Activities to support the efforts of cluster organisations, which have already acquired the bronze label of excellence, to move to the next level of excellence and acquire the gold level.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 1,38 Million EUR (Orientation of the budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 18 June 2013 - 8 years ago (Start date for projects)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call fiche 62/G/ENT/CIP/13/C/N04C031 (Guidelines for applicants)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • Candidate Countries
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Third countries

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry

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