EU projects in National Contact Point:

The Polish National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the European Union exists from 1999. Since then we took part in numerous EU projects in FP5, FP6 and FP7 Work Programmes. In FP7 we have taken part in 45 projects which were successfully realized. Among them there were initiatives connected with health (FIT FOR HEALTH, HEALTH NCP NET), transport (ETNA, ETNA+, EuroVIP), space (Cosmos, Cosmos+), energy (NUCL-EU, C-Energy), security (Seren), ICT (Idealist 2011), society (Net4Society), environment (ENV-NCP-TOGETHER) and many other issues.

Now, in Horizon2020 Programme, we take part in 17 different projects from all thematic areas.

The ongoing projects in Horizon2020:

Transnational Network of cooperation for WIDESPREAD NCPs

The main aim of the NCP_WIDE.NET project is to create a transnational network of National Contact Points (NCPs) for Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation under Horizon 2020 in order to facilitate transnational co-operation between NCPs, with a view to identifying and sharing good practices and raising the general standards of support to program applicants. Special attention will be given to help less experienced NCPs which are requiring the know-how accumulated in other countries and access to wiring resources in the network, through mentoring visits, a learning platform for trans-national activities of the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation NCPs, and to create a network of NCPs exploiting the synergies of distributed knowledge, collective development and trainings.

Project website: http://www.ncpwidenet.eu/

Connecting Energy National Contact Points in a pro-active network under Societal Challenge 3 ‚Secure, clean and efficient energy’ in Horizon 2020

The C-ENERGY 2020 is a 48 months Coordination and Support Action having the specific objectives to Ensuring high quality Energy NCP services for Horizon 2020 and related programmes applicants; Lowering entry barriers for Energy NCPs approaching EU Framework Programmes for R&I for the first time; Consolidating the network of Energy NCPs. The project will also take special care of outreaching activities by extending the collaboration with other NCP thematic networks, cooperating with EEN, working on partner search and cooperating on international relevant activities.

Project website: http://www.c-energy2020.eu/

Cooperation between NCPs for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 on “Food security, Sustainable Agriculture, Marine and Maritime Research and the Bioeconomy” and the Key Enabling Technology

The mission of BioHorizon is to facilitate transnational cooperation within the network of BIO NCPs with a view to identifing and sharing good practices in order to improve general standard of support to programme applicants taking into full consideration the diversity of stakeholders and actors involved in SC2 and KET Biotechnology. BioHorizon’s objectives are: Improved and professionalised Bio-NCPs services and establishment of more consistent services across Europe through internal training and the introduction of common tools; Improved cohesion of the Bio-NCP network through network activities; Simplify access to H2020 calls through joint trans-national activities.

Project website: http://www.ncp-biohorizon.net/

Research Infrastructures Consortium for Horizon 2020

RICH 2020, the European Network of National Contact Points (NCPs) for Research Infrastructures in Horizon 2020, facilitates transnational cooperation between NCPs, promotes the effective implementation of the RI programme, supports transnational and virtual access to RIs and highlights the opportunities offered by Research Infrastructures – at the European and international level. By spreading awareness, giving specialist advice, and providing on-the-ground guidance, NCPs ensure that the RI programme becomes known and readily accessible to all potential applicants, irrespective of sector or discipline.

Project website: http://www.rich2020.eu/

Network of Science with and for Society National Contact Points

The SiS.net2 project is a network of NCPs for the Science with and for Society programme of Horizon 2020. The project is managed by 16 beneficiaries and is targeted to all nationally nominated SwafS NCPs. The project focuses on cooperation and networking, best practice sharing and NCP training for the Science with and for Society programme. The main objective of the SiS.net project is to share best practices among NCPs in order to improve the operation of each Science with and for Society NCP so they will be better equipped to provide more effective and better quality services to organisations participating in Horizon 2020 all over Europe and beyond.

Project website: http://www.sisnetwork.eu/

Improving and professionalizing the Health NCP service across Europe.

Health NCP Net 2.0 (HNN 2.0) is a European project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme that is aimed at aligning and enhancing the services that National Contact Points (NCPs) for the Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing Societal Challenge (SC1) provide to applicants of European funding for Health research across Europe and worldwide. The Health NCP Net 2.0 project will run for four years with the objective of improving and professionalizing the NCP service, thus achieving a more consistent level of NCP support services across Europe and worldwide, with the final goal to better support applicants and raise the average quality of proposals submitted to the SC1 calls of the Horizon2020 programme.

Project website: http://www.healthncp.net/

National Contact Points for quality standards and horizontal issues

This project aims to create and implement a new and integrated training of Horizon 2020 advisors – the NCP Academy. It brings together NCP Coordinators and NCPs for Legal and Financial aspects of Horizon 2020 to develop the NCP Academy concept and to develop and implement training courses on cross-cutting issues. It addresses quality standards and good practice as well as routes to feedback and communication for this community. In doing so it aims to significantly enhance the performance of NCPs and does so by harnessing the knowledge base already existing within this community.

Project website: http://ncpacademy.eu/

Transnational Cooperation among ICT NCPs

The main objective of Idealist2018 is reinforcing the network of National Contact Points (NCP) for LEIT ICT under Horizon2020, by promoting further trans-national cooperation within this network. This cooperation will also include collaboration and networking with similar networks in parallel themes (Security, ENV, Transport, Energy, Health,…etc) especially in the context of joint/coordinated or PPP calls. Special focus is put on helping less experienced NCPs from Member States (MS) and Associated Countries (AC) to access the know-how accumulated in other countries and to apply it in a locally relevant and efficient manner.

Project website: http://www.ideal-ist.eu/

Cooperation Of Space NCPs as a Means to Optimise Services under Horizon 2020

The acronym stands for Continuation of Cooperation OSpace NCPs as a Means to Optimise Services. The term COSMOS originates from the Greek language and means orderly system. This is what the NCPs want to achieve within their project. Via this website including a helpdesk and via a newsletter additional benefit is provided for people being interested in Space in FP7, Horizon 2020 and more. Capacity building, information Services, project partner search support and more activities will once again reinforce the cooperation of the NCPs and raise the overall quality level of services.

Project website: http://ncp-space.net/

Improving the services of the NMP NCP Network through Transnational Activities

NMP TeAm 3 is the continuation of the successful EU projects NMP TeAm 1&2. It aims to facilitate transnational cooperation between NCPs within the Industrial leadership Part with a view to identifying and sharing good practices and raising the general standard of support by the NMP NCPs to programme applicants as described in the work programme. NMP TeAm 3 will achieve a consistent, improved and professionalized NCP service across Europe, thereby helping simplify access to Horizon 2020 calls, lowering the entry barriers for newcomers, and raising the average quality of proposals submitted.

Project website: http://www.nmpteam.com/

Net4Mobility: Network of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions National Contact Points

The objective of the Net4Mobility project is to facilitate the transnational cooperation between the National Contact Points (NCPs) of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). The project aims to achieve the following two goals: mutual support and thus raising the general standard of applicants;  better inform the research and innovation stakeholders on funding possibilities in the MSCA and help them to improve their performance. The project will achieve these goals by the implementation of a wide array of measures, e.g.: trainings, twinning’ visits, communication platforms for the constant exchange and transfer of knowledge.

Project website: http://www.net4mobility.eu/

Enhanced bi-regional STI cooperation between the EU and the Black Sea Region

The BlackSeaHorizon project has a dual objective: it contributes to the policy dialogue between the EU and the target regions and it also implements a series of concrete activities to address the specific goals set in the call for proposals. These two objectives need to be implemented in parallel, with the policy dialogue level providing guidance, support and endorsement of the project’s results, and with the operational level feeding the policy dialogue with analytical evidence and implementing the recommendations.

Project website: http://blacksea-horizon.eu/

National Contact Points for Climate action, Raw materials, Environment and Resource Efficiency

The NCPs CaRE consortium together with the Partner Organisations will aim at: pooling their resources and know-how to raise the quality of services provided to their clients; preparing carefully designed and selected activities for improving the NCPs’ routines; cooperating with important stakeholders from other advice services, policy groups and the EU Commission to work on new issues in Horizon 2020 like new applicant groups, innovation aspects or maximising impacts of projects. NCPs CaRe project will strengthen the transnational network and professional capacities of all – experienced and less-experienced – SC5 NCPs with a view to provide the European research and innovation community with the highest level of support.

Project website: http://www.ncps-care.eu/

Transnational network of National Contact Points (NCPs) of Societal Challenge 6 Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies (SC6).

Since the start of Horizon 2020, the new European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020), Net4Society is composed of National Contact Points for the Societal Challenge 6 „Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies” – a programme part of Horizon 2020 that is to a large extent driven by SSH research aspects. We actively support networking in the SSH research community and offer help in every respect of Horizon 2020 consultation. Net4Society includes the European and International National Contact Points of almost 50 countries.

Project website: http://www.net4society.eu/

Security Research NCP Network 3

SEREN3 is a 36-month Coordination and Support Action with the overall aim of facilitating trans-national co-operation among NCPs for Secure Societies, identifying and sharing good practices, and raising the general standard of the support to programme applicants across the EU, Associated and Third countries. To reach the objective above, the project will develop three main activity axes, corresponding to the projects’ specific objectives: 1) capacity building of NCPs; 2) strengthening the participation of relevant stakeholders to Horizon 2020 funding opportunities; 3) and supporting networking opportunities within the Secure Societies constituency. Cross-cutting activities of dissemination and communication will addup to this main set of activities, helping to enhance their impact.

Project website: http://www.seren-project.eu/

Making European research careers more attractive by developing new services and enhancing the current services of the EURAXESS network – EURAXESS TOPIII

The EURAXESS TOP III consortium includes partners from almost all EURAXESS countries (either as beneficiaries or associated partners, from altogether 39 countries), in order to ensure the widest possible coverage as well as increased impact. The project will significantly contribute to matching research talents with R&I needs and capacity on a European scale and it will help the circulation of researchers within Europe and among sectors. As a result of the project, members of the EURAXESS network will have better and broader knowledge and more integrated good practices regarding service provision for researchers. EURAXESS national portals throughout the EURAXESS member countries will offer tailor made information in line with Horizon 2020 objectives on making science careers attractive for researchers, especially young researchers.

Project website: http://www.euraxess.pl/