COS-TOUR-2015-3-04: Supporting Competitive and Sustainable Growth in the Tourism Sector

The main aim of this call is to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of the European tourism sector by encouraging the extension of the tourism season, by diversifying the EU tourism product and by enhancing its accessibility. Given these varied targets, this year's call is divided in three themes:

1. Increasing tourism flows in low/medium seasons for seniors and youth target groups

Under this objective, the COSME programme intends to co-fund project partnerships that will facilitate the increase of tourism flows during the low and medium seasons, targeting seniors (any person over 55 years old) and the youth (aged between 15 and 29).

2. Diversifying the EU tourism offer and products - Promoting transnational thematic tourism products

Under this objective, the COSME programme intends to co-fund project partnerships that will diversify the European tourism offer by supporting transnational tourism products in the fields of a) sport and/or wellness and b) cultural or industrial heritage.

3. Enhancing tourism accessibility – improving facilities and services for tourists with special access needs

Under this objective, the COSME programme intends to co-fund project partnerships that will maintain and expand the "Tourism for All" principle of the EU treaties, by providing accessible tourism services for tourists with special access needs. 

Applicants may be partners in more than one project proposal per theme, but may act as project coordinator in only one submitted proposal per theme. Should an applicant act as project coordinator in more than one proposal per theme, all proposals within the same theme submitted by the same coordinator will be excluded.

Eligibility of applicants

Applicants must belong to one of the categories mentioned in section 6 of the call and be active in the tourism sector or in any other field that is strictly related to the object of the proposal.

Applicants must be located in EU Member States and/or countries participating in the COSME programme under Article 6 of the COSME Regulation.

Proposals should be presented by consortia made of a minimum of 5 partners from at least 4 different eligible countries (when applying for Themes 1 and/or 2) or at least 2 different eligible countries (when applying for Theme 3).

The consortium must gather at least:

  1.  Two SMEs – Small and Medium Sized enterprises - acting in the tourism sector
  2.  A national or regional or local public governmental authority and
  3.  An association, a federation or an organisation
  • Active in the fields of youths or seniors (only for THEME 1)
  • Active in any of the following fields: sport, wellness, natural heritage, cultural heritage or industrial heritage (only for THEME 2)
  • Active in the field of accessible tourism or representing people with special needs (only for THEME 3)

For more details, please consult the text of the call available below.

Submission of proposals

The deadline for electronic submission is 30 June 2015 17.00 hours (Brussels time).

Access the submission system. For any technical problems encountered with the submission system please contact the Service desk:  Tel:+32 (2) 29 92222.

The electronic submission reference for this call is COS-TOUR-2015-3-04.

Partner search

If you are looking for partners to apply to this call, you may use the Cordis database where you have the option to create partnership requests. 

For people who already have a Partner profile in Cordis database, they can select a specific COSME call when they create a partnership request. Each partnership request will then show up as being associated to the call to attract others interested in the same call.

In the case you don’t have a profile you can create one

Should you encounter any difficulties with the Cordis database, please contact the Cordis helpdesk.

You may also contact your nearest Enterprise Europe Network member who could assist you in finding potential Partners.


Potential applicants should address questions related to the content of this call by e-mail to Only questions sent to this functional mailbox will be answered.

Answers will be published periodically and within a reasonable period of time on this page.

Deadline for submitting questions related to the content of this call: 23 June 2015.

Information to applicants on the results of the evaluation

The evaluation procedure is in progress.

We expect to be able to inform applicants who applied under Themes 1 and 2 during the course of December 2015, and those who applied under Theme 3, later

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