Innovate for a sustainable and circular fashion industry

The S4Fashion Call for proposals is supported by S4Fashion-Sustainability for Fashion sector project, funded by COSME programme, under Grant Agreement 958038.

The purpose of the call for proposals is to select and provide funding and support to 25 transnational partnerships that aim at creating a new innovative product or service directly improving the take-up and adoption of sustainability and circularity models and practices in the fashion sectors. 

The selected partnerships will receive direct funding of up to EUR 15.000 for their innovative projects and will also benefit from additional business support services such as training workshops, mentoring, brokerage events,  and investment forums to ensure the innovative projects develop into a marketable product, service or business model.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS AIM

The S4Fashion Call for proposals is seeking innovative collaborative projects aiming to pilot novel processes to create a product, service or business model with scale-up potential for sustainable or circular fashion.

What are the benefits of the selected projects

S4Fashion offers to transform your sustainable and circular business ideas into reality through collaboration with transnational partners and be part of a the global Sustainable Fashion Ecosystem. The selected projects will get:

  • 1-year tailored coaching program including:
    • Personal mentor;
    • Tailor made expert coaching; 
    • Peer to peer coaching;
    • Focused training sessions;
  • Financial support up to €15.000;
  • Access to respected designers and fashion personalities engaged in sustainability and circular fashion


  • Additional support  activities:
    • Networking with investors, retailers, brands and potential customers;
    • Webinars  with designers and fashion brands;
    • Matchmaking events with ecosystem players;
    • Fashion events, summits, conferences
  • Access to the shared ecosystem mapping, knowledge base and community via the S4Fashion platform
  • Follow-up service and help desk facility. 
  • 1-year tailored coaching program including:
    • Personal mentor;
    • Tailor made expert coaching; 
    • Peer to peer coaching;
    • Focused training sessions;
  • Financial support up to €15.000;
  • Access to respected designers and fashion personalities engaged in sustainability and circular fashion
  • Additional support  activities:
    • Networking with investors, retailers, brands and potential customers;
    • Webinars  with designers and fashion brands;
    • Matchmaking events with ecosystem players;
    • Fashion events, summits, conferences
  • Access to the shared ecosystem mapping, knowledge base and community via the S4Fashion platform
  • Follow-up service and help desk facility. 

CALL INFORMATION SUMMARY

Total budget of the call: € 275.000

Opening date: Wednesday, 19th of May 2021 

Deadline: Friday, 29th of October 2021 at 17:00 CET (Brussels time)

Number of proposals to be funded: at least 25 selected projects

Number of organisations per proposal: at least 2 organisations from at least 2 different eligible countries

Funding per proposal: € 10.000 for proposals with up to 3 partners, € 15.000 for proposals with 4  partners or more

Funding rate: 100% of eligible costs 

Duration of the projects: 12 months 

Type of participants: Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises with proposals relevant to the fashion sectors (textiles, clothing, footwear, leather and accessories), Designers and Startups. Academia and Technology Centres are eligible only as partners.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

READ THE DOCUMENTATION

1. Read the full details of the call for proposals here

2. Download the application form and the declaration on honour to successfully submit your application 

3. Read the Pilot Project Grant Agreement and Partnership Agreement that the selected partnership will be asked to sign before the starting date of the programme. 

STEPS TO JOINING

Join the S4Fashion platform, matchmake with other actors, find your partner, develop a new project idea and submit your application through the S4Fashion platform.