COSME Call 2020 - Co-financing of public procurement of innovation consortia COS-PPI-2020-2-04 Closed!


This call for proposals is intended to contribute to the general objective of “strengthening the competitiveness and sustainability of the Union's enterprises, particularly SMEs”. In particular, this call for proposals is expected to contribute to a significant increase in the proportion of SMEs that have access to the public procurement market.

This call for proposals has three main objectives.

  1. The first objective is to encourage cooperation between public buyers to promote the use of public procurement to contribute to the development of innovative solutions able to tackle their needs.
  2. The second objective is to increase the impact of public procurement on innovation. Public procurement can be used as a tool to foster innovation in areas of strong public interest such as, for instance, clean energy (contributing to Paris targets for fighting climate change) or healthcare. This will in turn encourage innovative EU companies, in particular SMEs, to develop new solutions to address societal challenges.
  3. The third objective is to link and establish synergies with research and innovation projects funded by the EU whenever possible. This may be relevant in particular with other projects funded by the Commission in relation to innovation procurement


The following activities are mandatory to be carried out in the context of this call for proposals:

  • Assessment of the public buyers’ needs
  • Market consultation
  • Engaging the market jointly
  • Capacity Building and Coordination between public buyers
  • Developing the specifications
  • Preparation and implementation of the tendering procedure
  • Communication on the achievements of the projects

European community funding

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

  • 5,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 19 January 2021 - 9 months ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 08 June 2021 - 4 months 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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