Euroclusters for Europe’s recovery


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



Euroclusters for Europe’s recovery


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.


Detailed Call Description

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:

  1. Network for resilience to improve the resilience of the EU industrial ecosystems by developing value chains interlinkages in the EU Single Market;
  2.  Innovate for strategic autonomy to build capacity in the most critical supplies and technologies of their ecosystems;
  3.  Adopt processes and technologies to reinforce transformation into a greener and more digital economy;
  4. Train to foster up- and re-skilling of the workforce whilst attracting talents;
  5. Go international to boost access to global supply and value chains.

 Proposals must be focused on only one of the 15 strands of the call listed below:

  • Open Strand: this strand invites proposals focused on cross fertilisation of various industrial ecosystems with no specific focus on one industrial ecosystem.
  • 14 Industrial Ecosystem Strands: Tourism, Mobility-Transport-Automotive, Aerospace & Defence, Construction, Agri-food, Energy Intensive Industries, Textile, Creative & Cultural Industries, Digital, Renewable Energy, Electronics, Retail, Proximity & Social Economy, and Health.

Call Total Budget


Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

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:

  • 25% will cover joint activities between cluster organisations and other Eurocluster partners, to finance e.g. design of support measures for SMEs, coordination of actions and joint communication.
  • 75% will be directed to SMEs, to finance services in support of their resilience, green and digital transformation, e.g. vouchers for support services, or free access to use testing facilities directly to SMEs.

 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:

  • at least one project for each of the Industrial Ecosystem Strand; and
  • at least 16 in the Open Strand.

Thematic Categories

  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Small-Medium Enterprises and Competitiveness

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • Financial Institutions
  • Large Enterprises
  • Private Bodies
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

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:

  • minimum 3 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities);
  • minimum 3 cluster organisations or cluster networks from at least 3 different EU Member States;
  • at least half of the partners in each consortium (Eurocluster) must be cluster organisations or cluster networks;
  • the applicant consortium must include at least one partner established in a less advanced region of a EU Member State.

 Applicants can participate in several Euroclusters under this call for proposals, but cannot participate in more than one Eurocluster (applicant consortium) per Strand.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry
Industry and Technology Service
1421, Nicosia, Cyprus

Contact Person:
Spyros Triantaphyllidis
Telephone: 22867333

(Publish Date: 27/10/2021-for internal use only)

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