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Pricing of the processes to obtain a label related to the “European Cluster Excellence Initiative”

The European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA) operates the labelling processes in cooperation with a broad network of specifically trained international experts.* For specific purposes in the context of the labelling processes ESCA selects and proposes the experts to be involved. An agreement is found with the cluster organisation, which expert is going to be involved.

Service Fee Standard Processes I:
ESCA organises and conducts the entire labelling procedure; any expert(s) will be sub-contracted by ESCA

a) ≈ 3 hours benchmarking interview on-site at the premises of the cluster organisation: EUR 2,250 (excl. VAT)
b) ≈ 3 hours benchmarking interview via video-conference (or face to face, if the distance the expert has to cover is less than 50 km or at the premises of the expert): EUR 1,650 EUR (excl. VAT)

  • SILVER label process, new or renewal process (self-assessment benchmarking and ≈ 5 hours on-site assessment of the improvement areas at the premises of the cluster organisation): EUR 3,620 (excl. VAT)
  • GOLD label process, new/first time (2 full days on-site assessment of two experts at the premises of the cluster organisation): EUR 8,250 (excl. VAT)
  • GOLD label process, renewal of expired GOLD Label, within the first year of the expiry date of the label (1 full day on-site assessment of two experts at the premises of the cluster organisation): EUR 6,765 (excl. VAT)

Service Fee Standard Processes II:
The expert organises and conducts the entire labelling procedure; any additional expert is sub-contracted by the organising expert; ESCA as a back-office supports the processes and is responsible for a quality check of all results achieved

  • Cluster Benchmarking (leading to the BRONZE label, if the Eligibility Criteria have been met) – provision of the benchmarking report (and if applicable the BRONZE label certificate): EUR 1,100 (excl. VAT)
  • SILVER label process, new or renewal process (provision of benchmarking report upon receiving a full set of benchmarking data self-assessment, pre-check of the eligibility of the selected improvement areas, provision of the certificate SILVER/BRONZE depending on the result of the assessment, analysis and quality check of the assessment report): EUR 1,900 (excl. VAT)
  • GOLD label process, new/first time and renewal (analysis and quality check of the assessment report, GOLD Label approval procedure, provision of the GOLD certificate): EUR 2,700 (excl. VAT)


Travel expenses of experts – To be charged additionally

In case that experts need to travel (> 50 km) to the premises of the cluster organisation, travel costs for the expert are charged additionally, consisting of 0.5 – 3 per diems per expert** (depending on the specific assignment) and evidenced transport costs (by the most appropriate means of transport given the distance involved).

The abovementioned prices and additional costs are net prices. If applicable, VAT will be due.

Value-added tax (VAT)

With regard to VAT, the supplied services are subject to the reverse charge in the country of receipt, provided that the customer has a valid VAT ID number. Otherwise the supplied services are subject to German VAT (currently 19 %) or in countries that do not belong to the EU and if applicable, the customer is responsible for paying the country-specific finance authorities the country-specific VAT at the current ruling rate.

Special cases are possible and up to discussion

In specific cases, where intermediaries or governmental implementation agencies, etc. or even single cluster organisations taking efforts to bring together an interested group of cluster organisations jointly planning their labelling efforts, discounts on the standard prices can be agreed.

ESCA encourages to be contacted by interested parties in such cases to discuss and present feasible alternative models aiming for adding additional value to the planned processes and at the same time finding ways to reduce costs for each single label process.

The above stated standard fees are valid for cluster organisations originated in Europe. Cluster organisations from outside Europe are in general eligible as well to apply for one of the labels. Terms, conditions and prices need to be specifically discussed. In any case, please contact ESCA for details.

Status: November 15, 2019
(Prices are subject to change)

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* As result of the “European Cluster Excellence Imitative – Phase 2” (2017-2019) it is planned to transfer the full responsibility for the Cluster Excellence Labelling Scheme to a new European legal entity. The conditions and prices of the various labelling processes will then be redefined. The transition from ESCA to the new legal entity will be carried out in a smooth manner. All awarded labels will remain valid as stated on the certificate.

** per diem rate according to: https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/work/procedures/implementation/per_diems/index_en.htm_en