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Call for Expression of Interest
EU‐Brazilian Cluster Matchmaking Event
September 10th ‐ 12th, 2013
Biotechnology dedicated to human health and
As part of a new policy aimed at promoting SME internationalisation through clusters, DG Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission has launched in 2012 an initiative that contributes to organise specific business trips for business matchmaking to support cluster organisations and their Small and Medium‐sized Enterprises (SMEs)
members in their efforts to develop partnerships and business cooperation on global markets.
This call for expression of interest is launched to identify a European delegation composed of representatives from clusters and SME members that are willing and committed to participate in a business trip to Brazil in the field of biotechnology dedicated to human health and personalised medicine.
Expressions of interest to participate in this business trip must be submitted electronically by 21st of May 2013 at the latest.
Call for Proposals
"Towards World-Class Clusters - Promoting Cluster Excellence"
The objective of this Call for proposals is to pursue the EU efforts aimed at strengthening cluster management excellence in the EU by further using the results and tools developed by the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI) and building upon the experience and lessons learned from the 2011 Call for proposals and the current projects working on cluster excellence.
More precisely, the action will support:
• Training activities addressed to all project partners on how to use the benchmarking tool provided by the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA) for assessing the performance of the management of cluster organisations;
• Training activities addressed to all project partners on how to assist cluster managers to improve their management skills and provide high quality services to their cluster members, by using the training materials provided by the European Foundation for Cluster Excellence (EFCE);
• Activities to support the efforts of cluster organisations, which have already acquired the bronze label of excellence, to move to the next level of excellence and acquire the gold level.
Eligible members of the consortium shall be regional or national public authorities or agencies financing and/or managing cluster programmes in their territory. Each consortium should be composed of partners from at least 3 different CIP participating countries. Maximum 4 projects will be funded through this action with a total budget of € 1 377 000. The deadline for the submission of proposals is 18 June 2013.
Please refer to the official call page for further details.