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Topic identifier: COS-2017-3-04-2
Publication date: 13 July 2017

Types of action: COSME-GA Grant agreement
Opening date:
13 July 2017
Deadline: 19 October 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises COSME website
Pillar: More favourable conditions for business creation and growth
Work Programme Year: COSME-2017
Work Programme Part: COSME 2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Support a project in the area of Tourism focusing on CCI driven innovation across

  • the entire value chain or some of its segments (accommodation, ticketing, travel management, visitor experience, exploitation of big data…)

  • some or all specific sectors such as leisure or business travellers, cultural tourism, …

  • some or all specific source markets (intra-EU, inter-continental such as China in order to build on the 2018 EU-China Tourism year momentum, …).

Facilitating and reinforcing cross-sectoral collaboration amongst relevant organisationsmay be done in particular through:

  • Mapping the relevant initiatives and actors;
  • Organising a limited number of networking activities, workshops, study visits, events to enable learning, exchange of knowledge and good practice, including on leveraging public funds and private investment.
  • Establishing cooperation with the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).

Supporting a number of innovative start-ups and SMEs through the creation of an EU incubator (either in a single location or consisted by a network of local incubators). This support may come in particular through:

  • Organising collaborative workshops, mentoring, individual and group coaching, exchanges of entrepreneurs and other forms of support in various areas (such as finance and accounting, marketing, intellectual property management), competition for the most successful business idea, etc.;
  • Facilitating technical support (e.g. providing physical space, means and resources);
  • supporting proofs of concept and prototypes of new products and services;
  • Facilitating contacts with investors and business opportunities;
  • Organising events to promote the selected start-ups and SMEs.

The proposal will describe how the action will reach a balanced geographical spread of the supported companies and other actors involved.


The main objective of the action is to support the creation, business development and scaling-up of companies in the fashion and the tourism sectors through incubators integrating creative, art and design skills from CCIs (Cultural and Creative Industries) with technology, science and other relevant expertise.

Specific objectives of the action:

  • Facilitating and reinforcing cross-sectoral collaboration amongst incubators, accelerators, labs as well as other relevant actors across EU countries and COSME participating countries focusing on themes identified below, taking into account the relevant value chains;
  • Supporting a number of innovative startups and SMEs for a period necessary for them do grow and scale-up their business activities


Expected Impact:

1.1.Expected results and deliverables

  • Reports on collaboration activities developed under the project
  • Detailed reports on the support provided to startups and SMEs
  • Mapping and showcasing of good practice
  • Scaling up of startups and companies
  • Development of new products, prototypes, solutions, etc.
  • Development of new support mechanisms


In descending order of importance

  • Number of start-ups and/or SMEs supported;
  • Number of prototypes/proofs of concept developed;
  • Number of networking activities, workshops, match-making activities, events etc. organised;
  • Number of promotional events organised.
Topic conditions and documents
Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.
  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding:
    Described in section 6 of the Call document.
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: Described in sections 6 and 7 of the Call document.

  3. Evaluation

    3.1. Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: Described in sections 8 and 9 of the Call document.

    3.2. For submission and evaluation process, see the Guide for applicants.
  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement: described in section 3 of the Call document.

  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    COSME Grant Agreement (COS-GA):
    Standard proposal template
    Model Grant Agreement - Multi-Beneficiary
  6. Additional documents:
    COSME Work Programme 2017
    COSME legal basis


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