Call for proposals 2021 - Joint Cluster Initiatives (EUROCLUSTERS) for Europe’s recovery SMP-COSME-2021-CLUSTER Open!


To help in the implementation of the updated industrial strategy, the European Commission will launch around 30 cross-sectoral, interdisciplinary and trans-European strategic Joint Cluster Initiatives to be called ‘Euroclusters’.
Euroclusters should put forward proposals for how to initiate, develop and maintain an EU-level long-term strategic partnership between companies of different kinds and sizes (with an emphasis on SMEs), and other organisations such as research and knowledge institutions, science and technology parks, business support organisations, financial service providers, non-profit organisations and related public bodies across different EU Member States and COSME participating countries, bringing together a critical mass of firms and societies in geographical and functional proximity, which are economically and socially interdependent.  
They will be expected to demonstrate how they will work together effectively with other support actors and networks such as the European Cluster Collaboration Platform, Enterprise Europe Network, and European Digital Innovation Hubs. Euroclusters must also support SMEs and they will be expected to demonstrate how they will organise such support in line with the overall Eurocluster long-term strategy.
Proposals must aim at achieving all of the following specific objectives, with the focus on at least one leading objective:

  • Network for resilience to improve the resilience of the EU industrial ecosystems by developing value chains interlinkages in the EU Single Market;
  • Innovate for strategic autonomy to build capacity in the most critical supplies and technologies of their ecosystems;
  • Adopt processes and technologies to reinforce transformation into a greener and more digital economy;
  • Train to foster up- and re-skilling of the workforce whilst attracting talents;
  • Go international to boost access to global supply and value chains

 Proposals must be focused on only one of the 15 strands of the call


This call covers the following topics:

  • SMP-COSME-2021-CLUSTER-01: Euroclusters for Europe's recovery (SMP-GFS - SMP Grants for Financial Support)

European community funding

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

  • 42,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 30 November 2021 - in one month (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:

  • SMEs
  • Enterprises

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)
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry

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