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.
The Euroclusters will contribute to the implementation of the European Commission’s New Industrial Strategy for Europe as well as its updated Strategy that was published in May 2021 and the SME Strategy for a Sustainable and Digital Europe adopted in March 2020 by building resilience and accelerating transition to a green and digital economy.
Euroclusters should put forward proposals for how to initiate, develop and maintain an EU-level long-term strategic partnership between companies of different kinds and sizes (with an emphasis on SMEs), and other organisations such as research and knowledge institutions, science and technology parks, business support organisations, financial service providers, non-profit organisations and related public bodies across different EU Member States and COSME participating countries, bringing together a critical mass of firms and societies in geographical and functional proximity, which are economically and socially interdependent. They will also be expected to demonstrate how they will work together effectively with other support actors and networks such as the European Cluster Collaboration Platform, Enterprise Europe Network, and European Digital Innovation Hubs.
Proposals must aim at achieving all of the following specific objectives, with the focus on at least one leading objective:
Proposals must be focused on only one of the 15 strands of the call listed below:
Project budgets (maximum grant amount) are expected to be up to a maximum of € 1,400,000 per project. The budget of each Eurocluster’s proposal should be split in the following way:
The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rates fixed in the Grant Agreement (100% for the costs for providing financial support to third parties and 90% for all other costs categories).
Around 30 projects are expected to be fund under this call for proposals. Specifically:
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities (public or private bodies), established in an EU Member State (including overseas countries and territories) or listed EEA countries and countries associated to the COSME part of the Single Market Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature.
Proposals must be submitted by a consortium (Eurocluster) which complies with the following conditions:
Applicants can participate in several Euroclusters under this call for proposals, but cannot participate in more than one Eurocluster (applicant consortium) per Strand.