COSME Call 2020 - Boosting the uptake of digitalisation, innovation and new technologies in tourism through transnational cooperation and capacity building COS-TOURINN-2020-3-04 Closed!


The general objective of the action is to boost the uptake of digitalisation and innovation by tourism SMEs through transnational cooperation and capacity building.

The action aims at:

  • reinforcing transnational and cross-border cooperation, in particular integration of tourism businesses and stakeholders in transnational and inter-regional innovation ecosystems to enable smart and sustainable growth of tourism SMEs;
  • fostering SMEs’ capacity and skills to improve their use of new digital technologies, resulting in new business models in tourism;
  • fostering innovative solutions for improving tourism management and the tourism offer through cooperation within the tourism ecosystem, including public-private partnerships


Each consortium/network will directly support (including financial support) in total a minimum of 60 tourism SMEs from a minimum of three (3) eligible countries. The supported tourism SMEs can be established in the same country as a consortium member, but may also be established in different eligible countries from those in which the partners forming the consortium are established. The consortium shall also support a balanced number of tourism SMEs per country.

In the proposal each consortium has to:

  • identify the specific objectives of the project
  • define specific objectives to be achieved by tourism SMEs participating in the project.
  • design and implement transnational and cross-ecosystem support schemes including capacity building, knowledge transfer and scaling-up activities to enable the uptake of higher level digital and smart solutions, new technologies and innovation by tourism SMEs
  • select tourism SMEs to participate in the proposed support scheme benefitting from financial support.
  • provide financial support to the selected tourism SMEs
  • organise a simple but robust reporting system, through which SMEs involved will report to the project coordinator on their achievements,

European community funding

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

  • 8,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 11 February 2021 - 7 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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