An short overview (powerpoint presentation) of the INCONTACT project series an also be found here
INCONTACT 2020 (2014-2015)
INCONTACT 2020, building upon the acknowledged work performed during the previous INCONTACT projects and upon the proven expertise of the INCONTACT consortium, plans several activities adapted to the transitional period between FP7 and Horizon 2020 and the new requirements of Horizon 2020. The project will keep promoting the International Dimension of the European Research Policy towards Horizon 2020 and will support the work of the national experts and of the newly established NCPs in third countries.
The project will continue organising the “INCO conference” series, will support H2020 awareness activities around the world, by providing trainings and tools for capacity building and directly supporting the work of the national experts (e.g. INCO NCPs). Nonetheless, the positive effect of these efforts will not be limited to the third countries alone. EU experts and policy makers will be invited to follow and participate in the activities of the project in order to understand and support the International Activities of Horizon 2020.
INCONTACT— One World (2010-2013)
The New Phase of INCONTACT, INCONTACT- One World will start its operations at the 1st of January 2010, having a duration of 48 months, and integrating a far more ambitious plan including:
- 4 Annual INCO conferences with the participation of all the INCO NCPs. The conferences will be held in Greece, South Africa, Germany and France, and aim to give the opportunity for personal interaction, NCP professional training, discussion of global science policy issues, and presentation of research capacities from ICPC countries.
-INCO-Wiki, the Online Encyclopaedia on International Cooperation will move to a step further offering more complete practical information to the INCO NCPs/NIPs, aiming to become a live tool for the transfer of knowledge and best practices on International Cooperation. It will also act as a tool for publishing information and as a discussion platform.
-Special trainings for the professional development of the NCPs will be offered.
-A two-way communication channel with all the thematic NCPs will be set for facilitating the information flow on specific aspects of International Cooperation
It is underlined that INCONTACT-one world, above anything else, is aiming to serve all the INCO NCPs and everybody is encouraged and welcome to participate in the project activities, meetings and discussions.
For more infomation please contact the project coordinator:
Mr Epaminondas Christofilopoulos
PRAXI / HELP-FORWARD Network
FING, 1 Morichovou Sq., 546 25 Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel: (+30) 2310 552791, Fax: (+30) 2310 552790
INCONTACT is the official project of the INCO NCPs and is implemented as a 'Specific Support Action' (SSA), funded under the Specific International Scientific Cooperation Activities (INCO) in the 7th Framework Programme for RTD (FP7) and is operational till January 2010.
The INCONTACT project aims at the development of platform for stimulating closer cooperation among INCO National Contact Points. Within the framework of this closer cooperation, INCO NCPs will work together to effect a substantial improvement in the overall quality of NCP services in the field of International Cooperation. The positive effect of these efforts will not be limited to the NCP network alone. The international research community will ultimately benefit from the heightened level of service offered by the network. Individual researchers will profit from higher quality services and information, and the establishment of a more consistent level of NCP services across Europe will contribute to greater transparency of the research funding for ICP participants.
Activities including 3 awareness and training workshops in ICPC countries (Mexico, Russia, South Africa), exchange of experience, good practice, training for inexperienced European NCPs will strengthen the overall capacity of INCO NCPs and provide for more coherence of the support activities offered. In addition an Online Encyclopaedia on International Cooperation compiling all relevant information on International Cooperation activities in FP7 will be developed. The online encyclopaedia will work according to the principles of the Wikipedia online encyclopaedia allowing the interaction and the collection of best practices from all the INCO NCPs.
One of the objectives of the 7th Research Framework Programme is the participation of excellent researchers from 3rd countries as opening the European Research Area to the rest of the world is part of the “philosophy” of European research cooperation. Access to knowledge and attracting knowledge from abroad, contributing to solve problems of global dimension and compete internationally are the goals of international cooperation within the 7th framework programme.
Although a clear objective of the past framework programme, the participation of partners from 3rd countries has always been disappointing. In FP6 a sum of 285 M€ had been earmarked for the inclusion of international partners in European projects, but only roughly 10 % of it had been really allocated to 3rd country project partners. For those persons working as National Contact Points for International Cooperation, this issue was not surprising: Research stakeholders from the EU and Associated countries seldom know that counterparts from 3rd countries can participate in projects under the framework programme and obtain EU-funding. On the contrary, European researchers often fear that including a partner from Asia or Latin America would reduce their funding opportunities. The global dimension of the framework programme is not being perceived by the researchers as it would be necessary to have a strong international participation within the research projects.
Within the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) the international cooperation is organised in a new and very different way compared to FP 6. International Cooperation has been mainstreamed within the thematic areas of FP7 and “Specific activities of International Cooperation” (SICAs) have been introduced – replacing to some extend the former INCO Programme under FP6. Under the Capacities strand, the activities on international cooperation focus on support and cooperation activities, aiming at setting up common research agendas in cooperation with the main research stakeholder in the 3rd countries.
For 3rd countries, the variety of possibilities for participation has definitely increased. In this context, the role of the National Contact Points for International Cooperation also has changed. Since the thematic oriented research has been reintroduced to the themes, the responsibility of advising on international cooperation lies with the thematic NCPs. Under Capacities, the INCO-Nets to be developed will be projects of its own, assembling the relevant stakeholders in a given world region.
The INCO NCPs will therefore have a strong horizontal task in FP7. Bringing together and providing an overview on the variety of INCO activities will be a new challenge for its activities.
The INCONTACT project aims exactly at the development of platform for stimulating closer cooperation among INCO National Contact Points. Within the framework of this closer cooperation, INCO NCPs will work together to effect a substantial improvement in the overall quality of NCP services in the field of International Cooperation. The positive effect of these efforts will not be limited to the NCP network alone. The international research community will ultimately benefit from the heightened level of service offered by the network. Individual researchers will profit from higher quality services and information, and the establishment of a more consistent level of NCP services across Europe will contribute to greater transparency of the research funding for ICP participants.
INCONTACT presentation January 2008
INCONTACT update, Jan 2009
INCONTACT is the official project of the INCO NCPs and is implemented as a 'Specific Support Action' (SSA), funded under the INCO program in FP7 and will be operational till December 2009.
The INCONTACT project aims at the development of platform for stimulating closer cooperation among INCO National Contact Points, aiming to improve the overall quality of NCP services in the field of International Cooperation.
During the first year of the project all the objectives have been achieved, enabling closer networking with ICPC NCPs, transfer of NCP know-how, and capacities improvement:
• 3 regional workshops have been successfully concluded focusing on the following three regions: Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Central America, Sub-Saharan Africa.
• A training session has been organized in Brussels.
• The INCO-wiki is fully operational and open to NCPs.
• The first set of presentations on cultural differences is complete
Keeping the same enthusiasm and focus on International Cooperation, all the INCONTACT team will keep working aiming to further improve the networking of the INCO NCPs.
on behalf of the INCONTACT team