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Topic / Target >WIDESPREAD 3-2014 Transnational network of national contact points (NCP)


Specific challenge
Facilitate trans-national co-operation between NCPs within the "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation" part with a view to identifying and sharing good practices and raising the general standard of support to programme applicants, taking into account the diversity of actors that make up the constituency of this "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation" part.

Support will be given to a consortium of formally nominated NCPs in the area of the ‘Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation' part. The activities will be tailored according to the nature of the area, and the priorities of the NCPs concerned. Various mechanisms may be included, such as benchmarking, joint workshops, enhanced cross-border brokerage events, specific training linked to this "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation" part as well as to gender dimension of Research and Innovation and twinning schemes. 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.
The focus throughout should be on issues specific to the "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation" part and should not duplicate actions foreseen in the NCP network for quality standards and horizontal issues under "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation".
Only NCPs from EU Member States and Associated Countries, and 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.

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.
- Increased application levels as well as improved quality of proposals particularly from newcomers.


Start date: 11/12/2013
End date: 26/03/2014
Total budget
for this call: 2,000,000
Number of proposals to selectOne proposal
(CSA) H2020-WIDESPREAD-2014-3 Coordination & support action

NCP Transnational Cooperation

Strengthening the administrative and operational capacity of transnational networks of National Contact Points, including through training, so that they can provide better support to potential participants

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