COSME is the programme for the Competitiveness of enterprises and Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and aims to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of enterprises, including those operating in the tourism sector, encourage an entrepreneurial culture, and promote the creation and growth of SMEs.


With a budget of €2.5 billion, its objectives are to facilitate access to finance, create an environment favourable to businesses, increase the sustainable competitiveness of EU companies and ensure continuity with initiatives and actions already undertaken under the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP). COSME is expected to contribute to an annual increase of €1.1bn in the EU's GDP.


The beneficiaries under this programme can either be existing entrepreneurs, future entrepreneurs and national, regional authorities.


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Open Calls



Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants


Raising Awareness of Civil Drones' Operators about Privacy and Data Protection Obligations

The action is focusing only on professional non-governmental activities performed in the EU member states and addresses mainly the needs of SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs active in the UA field.

The main aim is to develop e-learning modules and tools which will cover all relevant privacy issues and data protection principles, concepts and requirements the recently adopted General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR). They will take into account specificities of national privacy regulations that may exist in the EU member states.

The e-learning material produced will result in a coherent and comprehensive course. In addition to the e-learning material, various instruments will be developed to provide a practical and tailored support to UA operators, pilots and manufacturers in their day-to-day activities: practical recommendations, guidelines, check lists, code of conduct, etc.

The online course and a tool box will be piloted and this will allow checking the adequacy of the approach. For this purpose at least 3 onsite training sessions, in 3 different EU member states, with the presence of consortium's experts will be organised. In order to ensure a comprehensive test of the draft material produced, the training sessions must involve a full range of UA operators, pilots and manufacturers active in different UA fields. Each training session should gather at least 15 trainees.

At least 2 legal Entities from 2 EU Member States

April 4, 2017

Cluster go international

This action builds upon the 2014 "Clusters Go International" call that contributed to launch the first round of projects in January 2016 encouraging cluster organisations across Europe to establish 'European Strategic Cluster Partnerships-Going International' (ESCP-4i) and work concretely together to exploit synergies as well as to develop a joint internationalisation strategy for the benefit of their SMEs.

This action further exploits synergies with other key initiatives of the Cluster Internationalisation Programme for SMEs that have been launched to promote transnational cluster cooperation within and beyond Europe with a view to better support SMEs in global competition.

There are three strands under this call:
1. support the establishment of European Strategic Cluster Partnership – Going International (ESCP-4i)
2. supporting preparatory actions in the field of Earth Observation applications
3. support the initial implementation, testing and further development of European Strategic Cluster Partnerships - Going International (ESCP-4i)


May 23, 2017