COSME Call 2016 - Improving SMEs' access to public procurement GRO/SME/16/B/06 COS-APP-2016-2-05 Closed!


The general objective of this call for proposals is to contribute to improving SMEs participation in tenders, especially across borders, through actions of intermediate organisations supporting SME's participations in public procurement. As the needs of SMEs vary from both country to country and sector to sector, organisations submitting proposals must tailor their services to their clients' needs.

Each proposal has to have a cross-border dimension, covering at least the countries represented in the consortium. The expected results include the following:

  • Intermediate organisations offering more and better support to SMEs in public procurement, especially cross-border procurement
  • Better informed and prepared SMEs to participate in public procurement
  • More SMEs participating in public procurement, especially cross-border procurement
  • Materials presenting the specificities of the public procurement legislation in the different Member States
  • Better informed procurers on the specificities of SMEs and on the technologies available in the market
  • SME-formed consortia to participate in calls for tender


 The action must cover several types of activities, such as:

  1. Exchange of information on procurement between Member States (tender alerts and guides on country specific elements on public procurement);
  2. Training and advisory services to SMEs (e.g. on the changes introduced by the new Directives, use of e-procurement systems, developing a proposal, etc.);
  3. Organising matchmaking events;
  4. Coaching/mentoring on bidding in other Member States;
  5. Organising business-to-procurers events;
  6. Coaching/mentoring on joint bids;
  7. Mentoring activities between large companies and SMEs, etc.

European community funding

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

  • 0,80 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 28 July 2016 - 3 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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