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Topic identifier: COS-2018-3-01
Publication date: 17 May 2018

Types of action: COSME-GA Grant agreement
Opening date:
12 June 2018
Deadline: 19 July 2018 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises
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  • 01 June 2018 11:48


    This call for proposals intends to co-fund projects which put a particular focus on transnational cooperation between tourism and CCIs-related SMEs to develop and promote innovative yet tangible tourism offers. Such tourism offers need to capitalise on the creative potential of CCIs to develop innovative services and products and/or use cultural and creative content to enhance existing or develop new tourism experiences.


Topic Description

This action seeks to enhance the competitiveness of European tourism and promote the image of Europe as a global tourist destination of excellence.

The Commission wishes to support projects which are innovative in their approach, propose sustainable solutions and are based on the close cooperation with and involvement of tourism and CCIs-related SMEs and professionals.

Within the general and specific context explained above, the general objective of the action is to explore the spill-over effects of culture and creativity on tourism products and services in terms of:

  • revitalising tourism attractions and destinations, and diversifying transnational tourism experiences;
  • prolonging seasonality of EU destinations and/or enhancing sustainability of tourism offers;
  • Boosting innovation across transnational tourism value chains.

The specific objectives of the action:

  • developing innovative solutions or management tools for tourism attractions or destinations through cooperation between tourism and CCI SMEs;
  • exploring new ways of engaging visitors, with the help of CCIs-related companies or professionals, to revitalise existing tourism products/services and/or create new ones,
  • creating solid public-private partnerships in the area of tourism and CCIs and ensuring the exchange of knowledge and experience within the partnerships.
Expected Impact:

The project proposal shall target the following general expected results:

Ø Contribution to competitive and sustainable development, growth (increase in international tourism flows) and employment in the tourism and CCI sectors. Benefits and multiplier effects of synergies between tourism and CCIs-related activities on economy and people’s wellbeing;

Ø Demonstrated contribution to the development of a transnational tourism offer and its diversification. Creation of a "critical mass" of transnational tourism-related products and services, providing ground for varied and attractive tourism offers at European level;

Ø Better market visibility of varied and attractive European transnational tourism offers; developing comprehensive and practical information on the product for potential tourists and enhancing visitors' experience;

Ø Facilitation and consolidation of public-private partnerships and involvement of tourism and CCI–related enterprises in the supply chain of transnational thematic tourism products as well as into regional development and tourism promotional strategies.

The applicant is free to add other, more specific, results relevant to the project proposal. This can amongst others take the form of concrete deliverables in line with the expected results and impacts.

Topic conditions and documents


1.   Eligible countries: described in section 6 of the Call document and in the eligible third countries list.

2.   Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in sections 5 and 6 of the Call document.


See sections 5,6 and 7 in the call document.

     Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

3.   Evaluation

 Evaluation criteria, scoring and threshold: described in sections 8 and 9 of the Call document.
  3.2 For submission and evaluation process, see Guide for applicants.


See sections 8 and 9 in the call document.

4.   Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement: described in section 3 of the Call document.


5.   Proposal templates and model grant agreements (MGA):

      COSME Grants (COS-GA):

      Proposal templates are available in the submission system below.
      Multi-beneficiary Model Grant Agreement

Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement prior to the signature of the grant agreement.

6.   Additional documents:

COSME Work Programme

      COSME establishment act

      Erasmus for Young Enterpreneurs Implementation Manual for Intermediary Organisations

Additional documents

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