This section lists open calls for tenders which are of interest to digital SMEs and their member organisations.

The light industries innovation and technology project (ELIIT project) seeks to support technology providers and SMEs in the textile, clothing, leather and footwear (TCLF) industry with a grant of €70,000. If you offer new technologic solutions to TCLF SMEs this call is for you!

What you need to do?

You must have an SME partner in the textile, clothing, leather and footwear industry. Your goal will be to implement the innovations in your partner’s activities: to develop, consolidate and correctly integrate the technology for the scale up at the industrial level.

What is the funding and other benefits?

The selected partnerships will benefit from:

  • €70,000 in financial support to develop products or prototypes with high added-value and profitability
  • tailor-made coaching and advice to improve project relevancy and increase capabilities
  • networking activities and participation in workshops/conferences and exhibitions to aid market-positioning as well as build business relationships
  • intellectual property rights organisation and guidance

What are the eligibility criteria?

Partners must be based on one of the EU member states or COSME programme associated countries (Iceland, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Moldova, Ukraine and Armenia. The United Kingdom can be financed through the transition period (foreseen until 31 December 2020), the further participation is currently undecided.

Partner from the TCLF industry must be an SME, according to the EU criteria.

How to apply and when?

Application deadline is the 31st of March, 5PM CET.

In order to apply, both partners must be registered in the EMS Platform. The partnership is asked to submit the application form which can be found here. The application must be submitted in the online Platform.

What if you don’t have the needed partner?

If you do not have a relevant partner yet, you can fill in the form here. Should we find a company matching your profile we will contact you in due time.

In addition, you can search for potential partners in the EMS Platform, after you have registered.

More about the ELIIT project and application

The ELIIT project aims to reinforce the innovativeness and competitiveness of the TCLF industries as well as other related industries (new technologies, materials, e.g.) by promoting cross-fertilisation between sectors that would find it difficult to cooperate without hands-on support.

More information about the project can be found here.

More information about the application is here.