Joint Research Centre (JRC): non-nuclear direct actions

Grants for direct activities of the Joint Research Centre to reinforce the analysis of policies, impact assessment or strategic intelligence about the trends on science and technology, among others.
Topic / Target >GARRI.8.2014 National Contact Points for quality standards and horizontal issues


Specific challenge:
National Contact Points need to be fully cognisant with the rules and procedures of Horizon 2020 if they are to provide high quality services to potential applicants. They also need to be proficient in the processes involved in running an NCP service itself. This is a continuous concern, as the programme evolves, lessons are learned, and as newcomers join the NCP network. A body of know-how is already held by the NCPs themselves, which needs to be made generally available, and further enhanced.

Support will be given to a consortium of formally nominated NCPs concerned with quality standards and cross-cutting issues across the NCP network in the country concerned. These NCPs will be the national coordinators, and the Legal and Financial NCPs, or other NCPs explicitly nominated by the national coordinators for participation in this network. The network will be a vehicle for building up and mobilising expertise, for providing training to the wider network of NCPs and for providing feedback and analysis to the Commission. Parts of the training programme will be provided by NPCs, third parties, or by Commission specialists. For this reason the network will work in consultation with the Commission service responsible for NCP coordination. It will solely address cross-cutting issues, such as: financial and legal issues from the submission and evaluation of the proposal to the signature and the implementation of the Grant; project coordination and management; project reporting; intellectual property rights; synergies with other sources of funding, notably European Structural and Investment Funds; research and innovation policy; gender equality and the gender dimension in research content, ethical and security issues and good practices for NCP work. Special attention will be given to enhance the competence of NCPs, including helping less experienced NCPs rapidly acquire the know-how accumulated in other countries. Issues that are specific to the parts and challenges of Horizon 2020 will be addressed by the relevant networks under those areas, and will not be covered by this network.

The network will also develop tools for monitoring quality standards (indicators, benchmarks etc.), and will provide an input to periodic policy meetings of national NCP coordinators and Legal and Financial NCPs. The applicants organisations will be the legal entities (ministry, agency, research body, company etc.) to which an NCP is affiliated ("host organisation"). In order to focus resources, the network can only include NCPs from EU Member States, and Associated Countries, who have been officially appointed by the relevant national authorities.

The network should include a good representation of experienced and less experienced NCPsOnly NCPs from EU Member States, Associated Countries and neighbourhood policy countries which have been officially appointed by the relevant national authorities are eligible to participate in and receive funding for this action.
The consortium should have a good representation of experienced and less experienced NCPs.

Submission of a single proposal is encouraged. NCPs from EU Member States or Associated Countries choosing not to participate as a member of the consortium should be identified and the reason explained in the proposal. These NCPs are nevertheless invited and encouraged to participate in the project activities (e.g. workshops), and the costs incurred by the consortium for such participation (e.g. travel costs paid by the consortium) may be included in the estimated budget and be eligible for funding by the Commission.

The Commission will only fund one proposal under this topic.

Expected impact:
- An improved and professionalised 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.
- A more consistent level of NCP support services across Europe.


Start date: 11/12/2013
End date: 12/03/2014
Total budget
for this call: 4,000,000
(CSA) H2020-GARRI-NCP-2014-1 Coordination & support action
Budget: EUR 2 million
Developing governance for the advancement of responsible research and innovation

Science is a crucial element in the dynamic of societies. In our interconnected and globalised world, the impact of new scientific knowledge grows steadily. How to ensure that outcomes resulting from R&I will correspond to the needs of the various societal actors and be suitable for society in the long run? In order to do this, all societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organisations etc.) must work together during the whole R&I process to align the R&I outcomes to the values, needs and expectations of European society is termed Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

In order to increase the relevance of research and innovation policies for society, policy makers and decision makers in funding bodies are invited to constantly adapt the governance framework so as to induce society-friendly, research and innovation.

In order to reach this objective, the activities of this call will aim at:
- Fostering Responsible Research and Innovation uptake in current research and innovations systems (including in industrial context);
- Underpinning activities related to Text and Data Mining (TDM), innovative approach to release and disseminate research results and measure their impact;
- Promoting ethics in research, including research integrity, reducing the risk of ethics dumping of non-ethical practices to non EU countries.
- Supporting the Science with and for Society National Contact Point (NCP) in Horizon 2020; and National Contact Point for quality standards and horizontal issues.

These activities are targeted to researchers and innovators, policy and decision makers at national, regional and local levels, higher education establishments, but also citizens (and their associations or groupings), science museums, media, artists, creative industries, etc.

The expected outcome of European Commission actions is to improve the uptake of Responsible Research and Innovation in governance frameworks, addressing the risks and benefits and the respect of fundamental European values.

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