|Typology||Call for proposal|
|Geographic area||Applicant organisations must be established in EU Member States;
or in countries participating in the COSME programme under Article 6 of the COSME Regulation.
|Strand/Action||Cluster Excellence Programme|
|Budget for the concerned call||€ 1,250,000|
|Max duration of the project||24 months|
|% co-financing||maximum 95% of eligible cost, maximum € 250,000 per project|
|Deadline||29-10-2014 +17:00:00 (Brussels local time)|
|Eligible partners||Applicant organisations must be established:
– in EU Member States; or
– in countries participating in the COSME programme under Article 6 of the COSME Regulation:
~ European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries which are members of the European Economic Area (EEA), in accordance with the conditions laid down in the EEA Agreement, and other European countries when agreements and procedures so allow;
~ acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates in accordance with the general principles and general terms and conditions for the participation of those countries in the Union’s programmes established in the respective Framework Agreements and Association Council Decisions, or similar arrangements;
~ countries falling within the scope of the European neighbourhood policies, when agreements and procedures so allow and in accordance with the general principles and general terms and conditions for the participation of those countries in the Union’s programmes established in the respective Framework Agreements, Protocols to Association Agreements and Association Council Decisions.Moreover, eligible applicants are cluster organisations and business networks which can demonstrate that provide or channel cluster and network support services to local businesses, in compliance with the definition given in the section 5.8 of the Community Framework for State Aid for Research and Development and Innovation.
|Partnership requirements||Consortia implementing the activities have to be made up of a minimum of three cluster organisations or business networks and come from at least three COSME participating countries. For more details, please consult the text of the call.|
|Objective of the call and expected impact||The overall objective of this Call for proposals is to pursue the EU efforts aimed to strengthen cluster management excellence in the EU as a way to provide more professional business services to European SMEs through clusters and therefore contribute to the development of more world-class clusters in the EU.Expected results and deliverables will be:
Dissemination of the project results so that other local cluster organisations and business networks are aware of the benefits of the cluster management excellence approach.
Development of measurable indicators to assess the impact of the project work on the operation of the cluster organisations and business networks and the competitiveness of their SMEs.
Report on how the project partners envisage working on cluster excellence after the end of the project and which local, regional or European funding programmes can be used to support future activities in this area.
|Eligible actions/activities||Participation in the benchmarking activities;
Participation in the trainings;
Identification of services provided to SMEs and organisation of study visits;
Dissemination, impact assessment, and follow up activities