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Proximity and social economy industrial ecosystem: boosting the digital transition of social economy enterprises and SMEs (SMP-COSME-2023-SEED)

Proximity and social economy industrial ecosystem: boosting the digital transition of social economy enterprises and SMEs (SMP-COSME-2023-SEED)

The European Commission has published today a new call for proposals "boosting the digital transition of social economy" under the SingleMarketProgramme (SMP)

This call wants to address the digital needs and opportunities identified in the transition pathway for proximity and social economy (#PSEecosystem). The call allows to propose transnational partnerships to boost the digital capacity of actors in the proximity and social economy industrial ecosystem. The aim will be to enable social economy entities to turn digital challenges into opportunities, ensuring a digital transition that is fair and inclusive. In doing so the call also wants to strengthen the capacity of social economy ‘enabling organisations’ in supporting members, clients and stakeholders in their digital transition.

Digitalisation can offer significant benefits, but many social economy entities still face barriers regarding the digitalisation of their production processes, services, operations impact models. Such barriers are mainly related to digital skills, know-how, access to technology, data management capacity and an enabling environment for digital business models rooted in the social economy. This call also offers the opportunity to promote Digital Social Innovation (#DSI) as way to accelerate social, ecological and collective impact of actors in the social economy.

The call allows to develop transnational projects around the digital actions areas identified by the transition pathway for proximity and social economy.

Available budget: EUR 8 000 000
Project duration: between 24 and 36 months
Project budget: between EUR 900 000 and 1 300 000
Info session: 6/10/2023
Online Info Session call Proximity and social economy industrial ecosystem: boosting the digital transition of social economy enterprises and SMEs (SMP-COSME-2023-SEED).

Opening date: 14 September 2023
Deadline for applications: 21 November 2023 17:00:00 Brussels time

More information on the call