C-Voucher: opportunities to foster the Circular Economy in European SMEs

Ecology and Environment

The measure is part of the European project C-Voucher, funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme, which through a series of calls intends to allocate funds to those SMEs interested in achieving the transition from the linear to the circular economy. The next deadline is planned on 30th of October and only 24 European SMEs can take advantages of the funds.

The Small and Medium Enterprises that intend to realize a plan for the circular development of their business, could take advantage of the services made available by the European initiative C-Voucher, which provides a lump sum of 15,000 Euros for each SME that will develop a business case with a view to Circular Economy.

Only the SMEs in the Textile, Manufacturing, Health, Blue Growth and Agri-Food sectors will be able to apply for the grant. They must demonstrate do be interested in defining and developing circular feasibility plans aimed at more efficient use of resources and improved competitiveness.

Interested companies are invited to submit their proposals within the next 30th October. If you will be selected, you will get financial support to deal with this change. In particular, they will receive 15,000 euros (a lump sum to cover the costs of participating in the program) and access to the value chain replication program (up to 3 months in total duration), which includes the implementation of feasibility plans and dedicated mentoring services that include:

  • – Up to 1 month of expert support (Designer-in-Residence) for the creative phase of business case development: experts will help companies analyse their potential to turn them into circular economy entities.
  • Support for finding additional funding for the implementation of this plan, through coaching sessions with public and private funding experts.

Applying companies can be inspired by the “Circular Solutions” already developed by the participants in the previous calls and showed at the link https://call-for-adopters.fundingbox.com/pages/circular  or by adopting one of the following circular business models: Industrial Symbiosis, Material Resource Efficiency, Renewable Energy Sources & Energy Efficiency, Biological Products, Product Life Cycle Extension, Performance Economy, Sharing Economy, Platform Economy.


The proposal must be submitted by 30th October 2020 (5 p.m. Brussels Local Time). Participants will need to register, fill out and submit their application through the website: https://call-for-adopters.fundingbox.com/.


For more information, please contact:

Dott.sa Daniela Nebuloni – Multisectoral R&D Department – daniela.nebuloni@centrocot.it

Author: Daniela Nebuloni

R&D Dept.