COSME - Cluster Excellence Programme 2018 COS-CLUSTER-2018-03-02 Closed!


The overall objective of this call is to strengthen cluster management excellence and facilitate exchanges and strategic partnering between clusters and specialised eco-systems across Europe, including through implementing a new “ClustersXchange” pilot scheme. As high quality cluster management and strategic connections between clusters are key elements of world-class clusters, the call aims to foster SME competitiveness and assist companies to successfully access global markets by exploiting the innovation and growth potential that clusters can offer.

The specific objective is to enhance the collaboration, networking and learning of cluster organisations and their members towards the profesionalisation of specialised and customised business support services provided or channelled to SMEs. This shall further contribute to strengthen ties between European ecosystems across regional and sectoral silos with the view to support a sustainable inter-regional partnering process and joint actions for strategic collaboration in various industrial specialisation areas linked to industrial modernisation and improving their business environment.


 The types of activities of activities that are eligible for this action are:

  • Cluster excellence capacity-building activities
  • Activities for the implementation of the ClusterXchange pilot scheme
  • Outreach and awareness-raising activities

This call covers the following topics:

  • COS-CLUSTER-2018-03-02: European Cluster Excellence Programme

European community funding

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

  • 3,60 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 04 April 2019 - 2 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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