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EU-Ukraine Cluster Partnership Programme (SMP-COSME-2024-CLUSTERUA)


Publication date
19 March 2024 in Funding and Tender Portal
Opening date
Deadline model
Deadline date
4 June 2024, 17:00 (CEST)


The integration of Ukraine into the Single Market is a key EU priority, in parallel with reinforcing the accession process. It is essential to boost business collaboration between the EU and Ukraine, promoting regional economic growth and development and bringing people and economic actors closer together. 

Specific industrial ecosystems have been significantly affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. They are of particular importance for the reconstruction of Ukraine and have substantial potential for collaboration between European and Ukrainian cluster organizations and enterprises. Hence, proposals should be focused on only one of the industrial ecosystems listed below:

  • Aerospace & Defence
  • Agri-Food
  • Construction
  • Digital
  • Electronics
  • Health
  • Mobility-Transport-Automotive
  • Renewable Energy

The proposal shall address both specific objectives:

  • Developing value chains interlinkages between EU and Ukrainian companies (networking);
  • Fostering the cluster capacity-building and the professionalisation of support for both EU and Ukrainian SMEs.

In practice, the activities will be implemented by consortia of organisations that are interested in establishing and running a Cluster Partnership (referred to as Partnerships).

The Partnerships will be formed through this call for proposals that will bring together cluster organisations and other business network organisations from the EU Member States or other countries participating in the SME pillar of the Single Market Programme (SMP) and from Ukraine, interested in teaming up.

Available budget: EUR 3 000 000

Number of projects to be funded: 6

Project duration: 18 or 24 months

Important for submission

When applying to the call, on top of mandatory standard Application Form Parts A & B, you must upload the following mandatory annex:

Annex 5 to Part B - Eligibility checklist and Ecosystem selection

Informative session

On 22 April, EISMEA hosted an informative session about the call SMP-COSME-2024-CLUSTERUA-01 EU-Ukraine “Cluster Partnership” Programme.  Please find below: