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


Innovation Procurement Broker: Creating links for the facilitation of public procurement of innovation
TOPIC : Innovation procurement brokers

This call aims to:

1) help innovative SMEs and start-ups grow and develop by allowing them to address public demands through the use of public procurement

2) create adequate links between government, research institutions and the private sector by adding the buying potential of large buyers or other aggregators of public procurement to the mix. This should open up opportunities to participating SMEs and start-ups to develop new products, services and to grow or scale up their operations;

3) contribute to the creation of an innovation-friendly business environment and the overall competitiveness of the European economy.

Applicants must be legal entities forming a consortium

November 21, 2017

Clusters go international in the defence and security sector

The initiative shall support European defence and security-related clusters and business network organisations to intensify collaboration across borders with other non-defence industrial clusters and to develop and implement joint strategies in the areas of dual use technologies, products and services towards non-EU countries.

Legal entities

December 13, 2017