International Cooperation in Horizon 2020
The international dimension of the European Research Area
What is an NCP?
National Contact Points (NCPs) are experts nominated by the competent national authorities, to provide assistance to potential FP7 participants in their countries. The organisation which hosts the officially nominated NCP(s) is called NCP Host Organisation and it may be any of the following types: ministry, university, research centre, special agency, private consulting company. Due to the wide range of themes and instruments within FP7, Member States and Associated Countries are appointing separate NCPs per thematic priority of the constituent programmes of FP7.
General program guidance
Advice on administrative procedures and contractual issues
Training and assistance on proposal writing
Distribution of documentation (forms, guidelines, manuals etc.)
Assistance in partner search
As the NCPs are national structures, the type and level of services offered may differ from country to country. In general, the following basic services will be available in accordance with the Guiding Principles agreed by all countries:
What is an INCO NCP?
INCO NCPs are particularly supporting the execution of the International Cooperation program of FP7, which aims to enhance participation of third countries(i.e countries that are not EU Member States or Associated countries)in the 7th Framework Program.
Why is important to nominate an INCO NCP in a third country?
Because INCO NCPs in EU are particularly focused to support the participation of third countries in FP7.
Because INCO NCPs in third countries can provide an overall service to local researchers in all the Thematic Areas, especially as it is usually difficult to nominate one NCP for every Thematic Area.
Because INCONTACT (the official project of the INCO NCPs) can provide training to the INCO NCPs and finance their participation in the annual NCP meetings.
For more info Contact INCONTACT or see Support of the work of NCP.
- Info day 2014 Horizon 2020 calls for proposals – Societal Challenge 2 and LEIT Biotechnology
- Horizon 2020, EUROMED Conference, Cairo, 20 January 2014
- Information Day on Horizon 2020 for Southern Cone Bilats, 21 November 2013, Buenos Aires, Argentine”
- Launch Events: EU-Russia-Year of Science 2014, 25-27 November 2013
- Destination Europe, 12-13 December 2012, San Francisco, USA”
- 1st Euro-Mediterranean Brokerage Event on research and innovation, 12-13 February 2014, Cairo, Egypt
- WBC-INCO.NET Final Conference: 27-28 March 2014, Vienna
- 5th INCO Conference, Athens, 2-3 June 2014
- ESOF 2014 - Euroscience Open Forum, Copenhagen, 21-26 June 2014
- INCONTACT INFO DAY on HORIZON 2020, 21 of October 2013. UNIBE, Dominican Republic”
- International conference “Russia and the Netherlands: Partners in higher education, research and innovation, 3-4 October 2013, Moscow”
- Enhancement of European International Cooperation and Eastern Partnership in R&D&I, 30 September - 1 October 2013, Vilnius
- Establishment of H2020 FOCAL POINTS in India Training, 29-30 August 2013, Pune
- 4th INCO Conference - Strengthening international cooperation in Research & Innovation: Experiences from Latin America and the Caribbean, and Mediterranean Partner Countries, Marseille, 18 June 2013