The call for design-based consumer goods aims to shorten the time-to-market of innovative solutions, remove obstacles to wider application of creative solutions, create or enlarge markets for related products (or services) and finally improve the competitiveness of European SMEs in world markets. Moreover, there is an important potential to replicate the innovations not only in participating SMEs but also across the supply-chain while generating important spill-overs.
Design-based consumer goods SMEs are diverse and cover value chains composed of design, product development, manufacturing and distribution operations of various sectors, including for example textiles, clothing, leather and fur products, footwear, bags and accessories, sports goods, games and toys, interior home decoration products (e.g. furniture, sanitary products, floor, wall and window coverings, table and kitchen ware, glassware), spectacles, watches, jewellery, various cosmetic and beauty products, etc.
The European design-based consumer goods SMEs rely on creativity, design and best available technologies. Many promising solutions for the industry may already exist but often they do not reach the market due to commercialisation obstacles and residual risks linked to scaling-up. They may also result from the fragmented structure of the activities involved, constituted typically by a large number of SMEs, with difficulties to attract the necessary skills and finance (“valley of death”).
The Call will support projects of SMEs:
Please note that a Corrigendum to the Call for proposals has been published. Please see Documents & Links section.
The deadline for electronic submission is 23 July 2015 17.00 hours (Brussels time).
The electronic submission reference for this call will be COS-DESIGN-2015-3-03.
Please click and access the Participant Portal to draft and submit proposals.
For full details, please consult the text of the call available below.
Eligibility criteria are set in Section 6 of the call:
Applicant organisations must be legal entities. They can be fully or partly public or private bodies; private bodies must be properly constituted and registered under national law.
The call is open to SMEs and other legal entities.
SMEs may participate alone or in a consortium.
A consortium must be led by an SME. It can include partners such as universities and educational institutions, research and technology organisations, relevant support services, other SMEs or other legal entities.
The profile of each partner must be described in the Description of Action (Technical Annex 1 to this call).
Information regarding 3rd countries' participation in COSME is now available via DG GROW's website.
The EASME is available to answer questions relating to the content of the present call for proposals.
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