COSME 2020: Innovation uptake and digitalisation in the tourism sector

COSME 2020 Call for Proposals: Innovation and digitalisation for tourism SMEs


Apply now! As expected, the next COSME tourism call is focusing on "boosting the uptake of digitalisation, innovation and new technologies in tourism through transnational cooperation and capacity building". COSME is the European programme for small and medium-sized enterprises. NECSTouR is already engaged in a COSME project about CHARMing villages, due to finish in March 2021.

Innovation uptake and digitalisation in the tourism sector

Goal: Develop and put in place transnational and cross-ecosystem support schemes to build capacity for digital transformation, innovation and smart tourism solutions by SMEs in the tourism ecosystem. 

Budget: EUR 1,000,000 maximum per project Rate of co-financing: 75%

Deadline: 11 February 2021, 17:00 hours (Brussels time).

Actions: A transnational consortium/network of public and private stakeholders (including business incubators, accelerators and business support organisations providing business support to SMEs and start-ups cooperating with providers of travel technologies, data processing and similar services, digital solutions, research and education institutes, professional associations) will act as an intermediary organising specific activities for tourism SMEs in different COSME countries. 

The consortium will organise and provide direct support to companies to build their capacities to develop and implement new, innovative approaches services and operations with the help of digital technologies, but will also facilitate cross-border/transnational cooperation to foster peer to peer learning as well as to exchange knowledge and good practices in boosting the uptake of digitalisation, innovation and new technologies in tourism.

More information on how to apply can be found on this page.

Let's build a NECSTouR consortium

Activate the network through NECSTouR online project tool. If you have a project idea related to this call for proposal, if you are interested in joining a consortium and you are willing to involve other NECSTouR members.

Be aware that like all COSME calls, it's mostly aimed at business support organisations, the consortium should include minimum one but not more than two public authorities and bodies. The call is mostly to involve your stakeholders.

If you are interested in building a partnership, please inform NECSTouR Permanent Secretariat: