COSME Call 2018 - Fostering opportunities for SME internationalisation by supporting SME networks for export 282/G/GRO/PPA/18/10479 Closed!


The purpose of this pilot project is to assist European SMEs to help them develop, further expand or improve their international business by creating SME networks aimed at enhancing SME's capacity to exploit foreign markets for export purposes.

The objective is therefore to increase the capacity of European SMEs to go international by easing cooperation among small groups of firms to improve their competitiveness. Getting together, they can achieve a better performance, increase their visibility and improve their internationalization strategy and performance.


Small groups of SMEs should be supported to join forces in order to "inter alia":

  • Create a common brand;
  • Build a profitable e-commerce business to save travel time and costs;
  • Share knowledge and information about clients and markets;
  • Develop common projects in order to boost their commercial penetration in a specific country or sector (always abroad though);
  • Participate in international expositions B2B and other important commercial events (e.g.: fairs);
  • Find new business opportunities;
  • Support strategic actions to increase sales and improve promotion and marketing initiatives;
  • Develop post sale assistance reaching high quality standards and reinforcing the presence in international marketing;
  • Share costs related to the possible recruitment of export or other relevant consultancy services

The implementation of tasks for this pilot project will be articulated in five subsequent phases:

  • WORK PACKAGE 1: Identification/selection of the target groups of SMEs having a potential to successfully participate in an SME network
  • WORK PACKAGE 2: Preparing for internationalisation, training and coaching
  • WORK PACKAGE 3: Implementation (setting up of pilot project SME networking activities)
  • WORK PACKAGE 4: Results and policy recommendations
  • WORK PACKAGE 5: Project coordination, management and reporting

European community funding

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

  • 1,50 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 19 June 2018 - 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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