European Cluster Consortia
The INNOSUP initiative addresses the challenge to develop new cross-sectoral industrial value chains across the EU, by building upon the innovation potential of SMEs. The EU needs to support the development of emerging industries, which will provide the growth and employment of the future. The reindustrialisation of the EU's industrial base has to focus on the development of long-term internationally competitive goods and services that require combining different competences and innovative solutions. The development of new industrial value chains calls for the collaboration and integration of different innovation actors, including large enterprises and especially SMEs, across different sectors towards the implementation of a joint vision.
For each INNOSUP funded project, at least 75% of the total proposed budget shall be allocated to support innovation in SMEs directly. Indeed, SMEs need help to generate, take up and better capitalise on all forms of knowledge, creativity, craftsmanship and innovation – including for the application of existing cross-cutting or emerging technologies, ICT, eco-innovative and resource-efficient solutions, new business models, service innovation and design. The potential of clusters, that represent favourable ecosystems for innovation, needs to be better exploited in this respect.
The Scope of the INNOSUP initiative: Cross-border and cross-sectoral collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship across different regions and value chains shall be promoted. The coordination and facilitation is led by cluster organisations and other intermediary organisations, by following a systemic approach that combines different resources, tools and instruments. Innovation actors, especially SMEs with mutually reinforcing competences, shall be supported in view of creating new industrial value chains that foster the development of emerging industries in Europe.
For more information see the call for proposals
Below you will find details of the 6 selected projects.
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 action in the framework of the Cluster Excellence Programme was started, involving support under the COSME programme, and aimed to promote cluster excellence across the EU for the benefit of European SMEs involved in clusters. This action targeted assistance for cluster organisations, business networks and their managers to provide high quality services to SMEs in different areas, including access to foreign markets.
The interested cluster organisations and business networks were to demonstrate their engagement into a strategic industry-driven collaboration (or planning to work together) along a common value chain or on a transnational project in any manufacturing or service sector, and were facing some common challenges as well as willing to:
- Improve their management practices as well as their market/competitive advantages or value-chain analytical capacities
- Provide top quality services to their SMEs, especially on integrating creativity into their business, facilitating SMEs internationalisation, better exploiting and diffusing Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), assisting SMEs on IPRs protection and further addressing resource-efficiency issues within their cluster
For more information see the 2014 call for proposals.
Below you will find details of the 6 selected projects