Enterprise Europe Network


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Single Market Programme (SMP) (2021-2027)

Programme Description

The Single Market Programme (SMP) covers the single market, competitiveness of enterprises, including small and medium-sized enterprises, the area of plants, animals, food and feed, and European statistics. Specifically, the programme brings together aspects in order to streamline, exploit synergies and provide a better flexible, transparent, simplified and agile framework to finance activities aiming at a well-functioning sustainable internal market.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Enterprise Europe Network


This call is under the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs part of the Single Market Programme. The scope of the call is to set up and ensure the upgraded functioning of Enterprise Europe Network.  The purpose of the Network is to help European SMEs innovate, grow and scale in the Single Market and beyond. In other words, the Network should provide continued support to increase SMEs’ sustainable growth, digitalisation and resilience in the areas of:

  • Participation in the Single Market
  • Internationalisation
  • Innovation

Specifically, the Network should aim to achieve high impact for its client businesses, for the regions in which it operates and for Europe, to create connections to lead markets, lead customers, finance and innovation partners and to be acknowledged as the global business support network of excellence.

Detailed Call Description

The Network should contribute to the objectives of the SMP by improving the competitiveness and sustainability of SMEs in Europe and promoting entrepreneurship. Furthermore, it should be recognised by SMEs and stakeholders as the indispensable “European arm” of regional and national business support systems, leveraging the work those support systems and wider national and regional policies. Additionally, it should provide clear European added value and providing services that are ever more highly valued by clients and help them to grow and become more competitive.


Moreover, the Network is considered to play a crucial role in helping all types of SMEs in their transition to more sustainable business models, through dedicated Sustainability Advisors and other sustainability services. It will also support SMEs’ digitalisation by helping them to adapt their business processes, use digital technologies and develop new products and services using digital means – it will do so by collaborating with other relevant networks at European level. And above all, the new Network will help SMEs to become more resilient, helping them to fully recover from the COVID-19 crisis and emerge even stronger than before.


The proposals should be:

  • Defining the strategic approach and explain how the objectives and requirements laid down in the present call will be addressed, taking account of the challenges faced by SMEs in the target region(s) and the specific strengths of businesses and the business environment.
  • Suggesting specific activities translating that strategic approach into action.


The first submission deadline (11/08/21) will be open to all eligible applicants.


The second submission deadline (02/12/21) will aim to get proposals of applicants:

  • from EU Member States and overseas countries and territories (OCTs) covering EU regions not included in the Network after evaluation of the proposals submitted at the first cut-off date. Note that proposals covering regions for which a successful proposal was submitted and evaluated positively will be excluded from the second cut-off.
  • From non-EU countries that have been associated or by the submission deadline have started negotiations for association to the SMP.

    The third submission deadline (27/04/21) will target mainly applicants from non-EU countries that joined the SMP at a later stage, as well as applicants from regions from the EU and associated countries, and OCTs that are not included in the Network after evaluation of the proposals submitted at the second cut-off date.

Call Total Budget

€164,500,000 The allocated budget for Cyprus is €1,004,886.

Thematic Categories

  • Small-Medium Enterprises and Competitiveness

Eligibility for Participation

  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

The Network’s target group are European SMEs with sustainable growth ambitions, ready to scale their activities in the Single Market and markets in third countries, and with the ambition to improve and take a leading position through product and service innovations.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


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