Cluster Excellence Calls

Cluster Excellence Programme

The European Commission makes continuous efforts aimed at strengthening the cluster management excellence in the EU as a way to provide more professional business services to European SMEs through clusters and therefore contribute to the development of more world-class clusters in the EU.

In 2014 a first call for proposals in the framework of the Cluster Excellence Programme was implemented, followed by the second call in 2015 and a third in 2018. These targeted assistance under the COSME programme for cluster organisations, business networks and their managers to provide high quality services to SMEs in different areas.

While the first call for proposals focused on how clusters could:

  • improving their management practices as well as their market/competitive advantages and value-chain analytical capacities, and
  • providing high quality services to their SMEs, especially through integrating creativity into their business, facilitating SMEs internationalisation, exploiting and diffusing Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), assisting SMEs with IPR protection and further addressing resource-efficiency issues within their cluster.

the second call for proposals concentrated on:

  • gaining further insights into cluster members’ positioning in value-chains (e.g. through value-chain analyses),
  • taking stock of emerging industrial trends and dynamics (e.g. cross-sectoral dynamics and emerging industries),
  • developing a shared vision of their members with regard to collaboration with other clusters in Europe and in global markets,
  • liaising consistently with public authorities regarding the business support environment and coherence with regional policy, including in the framework of smart specialisation strategies, and
  • shaping strategic plans and roadmaps for sustained cluster development.

the third call for proposals was directed at:

  • developing cluster management skills in order to boost excellence in delivering SME support,
  • setting cluster strategies at individual and partnership levels,
  • implementing activities to support the establishment of these cluster strategies (e.g. twinning, networking, and joint collaboration activities to support SMEs), and
  • implementing the new pilot ClusterXchange programme.

Details of the selected projects from the three first calls for proposals are below. The selected projects for the third call are presented in the “European Cluster Partnerships | Excellence” section.

1st call for proposals of the Cluster Excellence Programme

Name Duration Total budget EU Contribution Partnership Composition
MATERIALIX - Strengthen cluster management excellence along the industrial new materials value-chain 01/01/2016 to 31/12/2017 €258.437 €308.894
Organisation name
ASSOCIACAO POOL-NET PORTUGUESE TOOLING NETWORK POOL-NET
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Organisation name
PLASTIPOLIS
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Organisation name
CONSORZIO PER LA PROMOZIONE DELLA CULTURA PLASTICA PROPLAST
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Organisation name
ASOCIACION VALENCIANA DE EMPRESARIOS DE PLASTICOS - AVEP
RUE AERO - Reaching Up to Excellence in Aerospace Cluster Management 01/01/2016 to 31/12/2017 €263.060 €249.851
Organisation name
HAMBURG AVIATION EV
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Organisation name
AEROSPACE VALLEY
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Organisation name
FUNDACION HELICE
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Organisation name
ASOCIACION CLUSTER DE AERONAUTICA Y ESPACIO DEL PAIS VASCO
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Organisation name
PEMAS- ASSOCIACAO PARA A VALORIZACAO E PROMOCAO DA OFERTA DAS EMPRESAS NACIONAIS PARA O SECTOR AERONAUTICO
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Organisation name
WACHSTUMSINITIATIVE SUDERELBE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT SUDERELBE AG
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Organisation name
ASSOCIATION PEGASE
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Organisation name
BERLIN-BRANDENBURG AEROSPACE ALLIANZ E.V.
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Organisation name
DISTRETTO TECNOLOGICO AEROSPAZIALE DELLA CAMPANIA SCARL
CECIL - Cluster Excellence for Creative Industries Leadership 01/01/2016 to 31/12/2017 €247.283 €299.450
Organisation name
MADRID ICT-AUDIOVISUAL CLUSTER
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Organisation name
CAP DIGITAL
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Organisation name
MAZOVIA ICT CLUSTER - STOWARZYSZENIE ROZWOJU SPOLECZNO-GOSPODARCZEGO WIEDZA
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Organisation name
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET – DANISH SOUND
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Organisation name
IRISH SOFTWARE ASSOCIATION - IBEC LIMITED (IRISH BUSINESS AND EMPLOYERS CONFEDERATION)
5FOREXCELLENCE - Five for Cross-industry Value Chain Excellence 01/01/2016 to 30/09/2017 €249.416 €236.944
Organisation name
Latvian Information Technologies Cluster (LITC)
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Organisation name
NetPort Science Park (NetPort)
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Organisation name
LATVIJAS LOGISTIKAS ASOCIACIJA (LLA)
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Organisation name
VIDZEMES PLANOSANAS REGIONS (VPR)
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Organisation name
EESTI INFOTEHNOLOOGIA JA TELEKOMMUNIKATSIOONI LLIIT (ITL)
CLUSTEM - Empowering CLUSters management and services in Textile and Machinery sectors 01/01/2016 to 31/12/2017 €262.530 €249.401
Organisation name
Next Technology Tecnotessile Società Nazionale di Ricerca r.l. - NTT
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Organisation name
ASOCIACION DE EMPRESARIOS TEXTILES DE LA REGION VALENCIANA - ATEVAL
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Organisation name
HUDDERSFIELD & DISTRICT TEXTILE TRAINING COMPANY LIMITED - HTTC
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Organisation name
Is ve Insaat Makineleri Kumelenme Dernegi - WCM
TCE - Towards Cluster Excellency 01/01/2016 to 31/12/2017 €249.422 €236.950
Organisation name
Oy Merinova Ab
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Organisation name
CLUSTER DE ENERGIA
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Organisation name
ASSOCIACAO PCTE – POLO DE COMPETITIVIDADE E TECNOLOGIA DA ENERGIA
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Organisation name
Paper Province ekonomisk förening

2nd call for proposals of the Cluster Excellence Programme

Name Duration Total budget EU Contribution Partnership Composition
SmartSports4GoodLife 03/02/2020 to 02/02/2022 €469.905 €359.989
Organisation name
INDESCAT
Country
Spain
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Organisation name
EPSI
Country
Belgium
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Organisation name
Cluster Sports&Technology
Country
Netherlands
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Organisation name
Cluster Montagne
Country
France
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Organisation name
MSE Hungarian Sport & Lifestyle
Country
Hungary
CLUSGRID - Clusters for Smart Grid 16/11/2016 to 15/11/2018 €268.727 €201.545
Organisation name
WSCHODNIA AGENCJA ROZWOJU SP. Z O.O.
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Organisation name
POLE SOLUTIONS COMMUNICANTES SECURISEES
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Organisation name
CANARIAS EXCELENCIA TECNOLOGICA
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Organisation name
ASOCIATION ESPANOLA PARA LA INTENACIONALIZACION Y LA INNOVACION DE LAS EMPRESAS
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Organisation name
SOUTHERN EUROPEAN CLUSTER IN PHOTONICS & OPTICS ASSOCIACION
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Organisation name
INDUSTRIAL CLUSTER SREDNOGORIE
TRACE-KEI - TRAns-national Collaboration Empowering Key European Industries 16/11/2016 to 15/11/2018 €284.984 €213.738
Organisation name
DISTRETTO AGROALIMENTARE REGIONALE SCRL (D.A.Re. )
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Organisation name
INNOSKART VALLALKOZASFEJLESZTESI NONPROFIT KFT (INNOSKART)
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Organisation name
EURA-CONSULT AG (BioMA)
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Organisation name
ASSOCIACAO PARQUE DE CIENCIA E TECNOLOGIA DE ALMADA/SETUBAL MADAN PARQUE (MaPAR)
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Organisation name
AGROFOOD MANAGEMENT SRL (AGROCO)
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Organisation name
CLUSTER ZELENA SINERGIYA (GreSy)
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Organisation name
UDRUZENJE KLASTER ZA ENERGETSKU EFIKASNOST (CluEE)
COSMENERG - Cluster Excellence project in Central and Eastern European network of cluster organisations in the field of (eco- and bio) energy, renewable energy and environmental technologies 16/11/2016 to 15/11/2018 €280.685 €210.510
Organisation name
ARCHENERG CLUSTER
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Organisation name
GREEN ENERGY Innovative Biomass Cluster
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Organisation name
NEU e.V – NETWORK of ENERGY and ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY
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Organisation name
IMP-PAN, BALTIC ECO-ENERGY CLUSTER
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Organisation name
ECOPANONIA - Eco-energy and eco-culture cluster
ECRI - Excellence Cluster for Regional Improvement 16/11/2016 to 15/11/2018 €228.949 €160.477
Organisation name
BIOIB, Cluster Biotecnològic i Biomèdic de les Illes Balears
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Organisation name
KLSK, Fundacja Klaster Lifescience Krakow
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Organisation name
BIOPMED, Bioindustry Park Silvano Fumero SPA
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Organisation name
HBIO, Elliniki Enosi Biotechnologias Astiki Mi Kerdoskopiki Etairia