The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) announces the launch of COS-CLUSTER-2020-3-03: European Cluster Excellence Programme with ClusterXchange scheme connecting ecosystems and cities.

The overall objective of this action is to strengthen cluster management excellence and facilitate exchanges and strategic partnering between clusters and specialised eco-systems and cities across Europe, including through implementation of the “ClusterXchange” mobility scheme.

The specific objective is to enhance the collaboration, networking and learning of cluster organisations and their members towards the professionalization of specialised and customised business support services provided or channelled to SMEs.

The types of expected eligible activities must comprise supporting the development of cluster management skills, new services for cluster members and the organisation of twinning, collaboration, networking and learning activities as well as joint activities for implementing business-to-business (B2B) and cluster-to-cluster (C2C) collaboration projects. It must also include the implementation of “ClusterXchange” by facilitating the promotion, recruitment, matching and follow-up of short-term exchanges from cluster organisations, SMEs, training providers, scaling-up support organisations, large companies and staff from public authorities and innovation agencies that are active in a cluster from a COSME participating country.

The applicants must:

  • be established in EU Member States or countries participating in the COSME programme pursuant to Article 6 of the COSME Regulation.
  • be registered or having submitted a registration on the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) by the submission deadline of this Call for proposals.

The deadline for electronic submission is 2 February 2021, 17:00 hours (Brussels time).

More information can be found accessing this link:

https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/section/cosme/cos-cluster-2020-3-03-european-cluster-excellence-programme-clusterxchange-scheme

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