European Commission launches the Cluster Excellence Programme

The Cluster Excellence Programme launched by the European Commission supports the Foundation's Cluster Excellence Management training 

The Call for Proposals is open until October 29th, 2014.

The overall objective of this Call for Proposals is to pursue European efforts in strengthening Cluster Excellence Management. The aim is to provide more professional business services to European SMEs through clusters, and therefore contribute to the development of more world-class clusters across the EU.

This Call for Proposals is the first action in the framework of the Cluster Excellence Programme to be supported under COSME, and is aimed at promoting cluster excellence across the EU for the benefit of European SMEs involved in clusters. The present action will assist cluster organizations, business networks and their managers in providing high quality services to SMEs in different areas, including access to foreign markets.

The European Foundation for Cluster Excellence's various training programmes were particularly designed to address the requirements of this call. The interested cluster organizations and business networks should be engaged in strategic, industry-driven collaboration (or should be planning to work together) along a common value chain, or in a transnational project in any manufacturing or service sector. They should be facing common economic challenges and should be willing to:

  • Improve their management practices as well as their market/competitive advances or value-chain analytical capacities.
  • Provide top-quality services to their SMEs.  Especially that of integrating creativity into their business, facilitating SMEs internationalization, better exploiting and diffusing Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), assisting SMEs on IPRs protection and further addressing resource-efficiency issues with their cluster.

Eligible costs include: participation in the trainings for a maximum of two persons from each project partner, including their travel costs.

For further details please visit the European Commission's page featuring full description of the Cluster Excellence Programme.