Updated: 04/03/2020

COSME Call for Proposals: EU SME Centre in China

COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of €2.3bn. 

COSME supports SMEs in the following areas:

• Facilitating access to finance

• Supporting internationalisation and access to markets

• Creating an environment favourable to competitiveness

• Encouraging an entrepreneurial culture

In this regard, considering the economic potential and size of the Chinese market, the extent of difficulties faced by SMEs in accessing the market and gaps in existing first-line business support services for SMEs, the European Parliament decided to finance, through a preparatory Action, the establishment of an EU Centre for Support to European SMEs (EU SME Centre, henceforth also referred to as the Centre). The first phase of the Centre ran from 2010 to 2014 and was followed in 2014 by a second phase, running until April 2020. Both phase I and II have been financed by the European Commission (DG DEVCO) through a grant agreement under the ICI+ programme.

The purpose of the present call is to carry out phase III of the EU SME Centre building up on the achievements of phase I and II. The project has been a success, developing over the years a widely recognised and consulted online "Knowledge Centre" (https://www.eusmecentre.org.cn/), improving general understanding amongst EU SMEs about the Chinese market, business conditions and opportunities, and supporting the activities of EU SMEs planning to do business in China. This next phase will run for an 18-month period will be funded under the COSME programme.

The total budget of the call is 1.200.000 Euro and the deadline for application is 2 April 2020. 

Please find the call conditions and documents here.

For more information about the call, please click here.  

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