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Cluster Excellence Programme Published on: 29/07/2014, Last update: 30/07/2014

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COS–WP 2014-3-04

The overall objective of this Call for proposals is to pursue the EU efforts aimed to strengthen cluster management excellence in the EU as a way to provide more professional business services to European SMEs through clusters and therefore contribute to the development of more world-class clusters in the EU.

This Call for proposals is the first action in the framework of the Cluster Excellence Programme to be supported under COSME, and aimed to promote cluster excellence across the EU for the benefit of European SMEs involved in clusters. The present action will assist cluster organizations, business networks and their managers to provide high quality services to SMEs in different areas, including access to foreign markets.

The interested cluster organizations and business networks should be engaged into a strategic industry-driven collaboration (or are planning to work together) along a common value chain or on a transnational project in any manufacturing or service sector, and are facing some common challenges, and willing to:

  • Improve their management practices as well as their market/competitive advantages or value-chain analytical capacities and;
  • Provide top quality services to their SMEs, especially on integrating creativity into their business, facilitating SMEs internationalization, better exploiting and diffusing Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), assisting SMEs on IPRs protection and further addressing resource-efficiency issues within their cluster.