COSME is the European programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). It has four strands of action with the overall aim to support:
- “better access to finance for SMEs
- access to markets for European SMEs,
- more favourable conditions for business creation and growth.”
When it comes to the access of markets, and this is where Managing Authorities have a role to play, one recurring issue is the limited access of SMEs to public procurement.
The COSME call for proposals COS-PPI-2018-2-01: Co-financing of consortia for public procurement of innovation addresses this issue and aims at supporting consortia of public buyers willing to design and implement a public procurement for innovation action and thus contribute to a significant increase in the proportion of SMEs that have access to the public procurement market.
Each consortium has to be composed of a minimum of two public buyers from two different eligible countries. The estimated budget for the call is of EUR 4 million.
Deadline for the submission of proposals is 11 December 2018.
The call provides an interesting opportunity for transregional collaboration and investment in new solutions provided by innovative SMEs.
More information on COSME: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/cosme
More information on the call for proposal, including all documents necessary to take part: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/cos-ppi-2018-2-01-co-financing-consortia-public-procurement-innovation
Access to the Research and Innovation Participant Portal of the European Commission: https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/cosme/topics/cos-ppi-2018-2-01.html