COSME - Cluster Excellence Programme 2016 COS-CLUSTER-2015-3-02 Closed!


The overall objective of this call for proposals is to strengthen cluster management excellence in the EU in order to provide more professional business services to European SMEs through clusters, and therefore contribute to the development of more world-class clusters in the EU.

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

Building on the above, this call has the following specific objectives:

  • Enhance cluster managers' skills so as to generate added-value services for the cluster organisation's SME members and support their growth and competitiveness.
  • Support cluster managers to develop a comprehensive strategy for the cluster they manage, with a view to support the growth and the competitiveness of its members, as well as a roadmap for its implementation.
  • Facilitate collaboration among cluster organisations in consortia eager to operate at European level and committed to exploit synergies towards common activities and joint strategy development.
  • Promote cross-cluster learning, exchange of knowledge and expertise, both across cluster organisations in each consortium and between the various consortia that will be formed through this call


The proposals must focus on the enhancement of collaboration, networking and learning in innovation clusters. The applicants' actions must concentrate on improving their skills and tools in providing or channelling specialised and customised business support services to stimulate innovative activities, especially in SMEs:


  • Action A: Enhancement of cluster managers' skills towards added-value SME support services: Within this action, applicants will choose and combine support activities that they consider most relevant to develop the full potential of their SMEs members. Action A can, for example, be translated into activities such as 1) identifying the type of services generating the greatest added-value and 2) delivering these services in the most effective manner.
  • Action B: Development of a comprehensive strategy for the cluster
  • Action C: Facilitating cluster cooperation and synergies on skills enhancement and strategy development
  • Action D: Awareness raising and dissemination of project outcomes: Activities in Action D should consist of raising awareness, primarily within the cluster about the developed strategy, as well as general dissemination and information about project activities.

European community funding

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

  • 1,50 Million EUR (Orientation of the budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 31 March 2016 - 5 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for Proposals (Legal base)

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)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry

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