Call for proposal
Clusters and entrepreneurship in support of emerging industries
The main objective of this call for proposals is to support regions to adapt and change their industrial structures to unlock the potential of clusters and entrepreneurship for regional economic development and for addressing societal challenges such as reducing CO2 emissions, improving resource efficiency and environmental protection.The aim is in particular to better capitalise on all forms of creativity, new technologies and the transformative power of innovation to shape new globally competitive value chains that may help to foster the development of emerging industries in Europe. By supporting the development of more fertile environments in which small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can combine creativity with the use of new technologies and more resource efficient solutions, new business opportunities may arise that result in smarter and more sustainable growth.
The call therefore aims to stimulate activities that have the potential to radical innovations that result from such cross-sectoral collaboration and that have a systemic impact. By “systemic impact” innovations are meant that fundamentally change sectoral boundaries and help improve the overall efficiency of the eco-system by, for example, better valorising all forms of creativity and promoting resource efficiency.
Applicants are expected to develop all of the following three specific activities that are explained in more detail below:
- Mutual transnational policy learning;
- Cluster collaboration and networking activities;
- Entrepreneurial support activities through voucher schemes, service incubation or SME internationalisation.
The budget available for this action is € 4.250.000. After evaluation of the concept notes, a maximum of twelve proposals will be invited to present a full proposal, and of these a maximum of six applicants will be awarded a grant for a maximum of 708.333 EUR. Only the most promising proposals measured in terms of the best ranked proposals following evaluation on the basis of the established selection and award criteria will be retained for funding.
Maximum EU financing rate of eligible costs: 95 %
Maximum EU financing amount per project: € 708.333
Applications from legal entities established in one of the following countries are eligible:
- EU Member State
- EFTA and EEA countries: Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway;
- Candidate countries;
- All CIP participating countries
The deadline for submission of the concept note (with annexed documents) is:
17/04/ 2013 [17:00:00 Brussels local time]
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