Useful Guides

Slides Webinar Partner Search for the Green Deal Call

This presentation was performed during the webinar on 8/10/2020 organized by the SG Intelligent Energy, SG Environment and the NCP Networks NCPs CaRE  and C-Energy 2020 as part of the  Virtual International Partnering – Innovation in Environment & Energy & Circular Economy

What is it about? 

The European Green Deal Call was presented during a previous webinar and is now open till 26 January 2021. It requires applications in most cases by international consortia.  

How to find partners for the Green Deal call? This webinar will give you some basic tips for efficient networking – whether at a brokerage event or through a partnering tool. In the first part you will learn how to maximise your matchmaking opportunities, such as  

  • Through which channels can I look for partners 
  • Who can help you? 
  • How to write a good partner search?  
  • How to improve my profile for this brokerage event?   

In the second part, you will be introduced to the NCPs CaRE Partner Search Tool: The tool contains all Green Deal Topics where you can make your expertise known either as partner or consortium. In a joint effort, the various networks of National Contact Points have set up a single, online partnering tool dedicated to the topics announced under the European Green Deal Call. The partnering tool can help you to locate cooperation possibilities within the work programme for the topics in 2020 of the Green Deal Call. 

You can still practice these learning now by registering on the Virtual International Partnering – Innovation in Environment & Energy & Circular Economy open till 31/12/2020.

Overview of the European Green Deal Call 2020

This cross-cutting “Green Deal call 2020” contributes to the European Commission’s European Green Deal Communication. Like the European Green Deal Communication, the call is organized along 10 areas and other actions with 20 topics worth 983 million €.  The call is opening on 22th September 2020 with a deadline (single stage submission) on 26 January 2021.

This guide provides you with an overview of the topics and call conditions.

The first table for proposals contains 20 topics, many which have subtopics and cover in total 10 Research and Innovation Actions (RIA), 14 Innovative Actions (IA) and 2 Coordination and Support Actions (CSA). This quide also indicates the different Societal Challenges having contributed to this call because this gives applicants an indication about the NCP they should contact.

International cooperation has been mainstreamed in many topics, which are listed in the second table. This second table was updated on 29/9/2020 and 10/11/2020.

Booklet - Good practices for the NCP-EEN cooperation

Are you a new NCP or EEN adviser? You have heard about the EEN or NCP but would like to know more about them? Are you an NCP or EEN coordinator and would like to encourage your staff to collaborate with each others? Are you a consortium of NCPs preparing to apply for an NCP Network looking for ideas Are you an official from the European Commission working with EEN and NCP? Then this booklet is for you to discover  good practices and practical advice for NCP-EEN collaboration collected as part of the NCPs CaRE project, the Network of National Contact Points for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 (SC5). More information


Icon Factsheet ‘Responsible Research and Innovation’

RRI is an approach which implies that societal actors, such as researchers, citizens, policy
makers, companies and civil society organisations work together in the whole research and
innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with the
values, needs and expectations of society. (Definition: see European Commission website)

Brussels Water Innovation Europe 2018 Conference report

The objective of this report is to make an overview of the key points aimed in the Water Innovation Europe 2018 conference and to help the SC5 NCPs to get the clues that are going to drive the water stakeholder actions in the next future and their influence over the SC5 Work Programme. The Water Innovation Europe 2018 conference was held in Brussels on 13th-14th June 2018 and brought together all the aspects of the sector: scientists and technology developers, utility representatives, large water users, European and national/ regional policy makers and finance experts. Water Innovation Europe offers an open platform for information gathering and networking among the most influential stakeholders from within and beyond the water sector.

In the Conference, different topics were addressed:

1. A review of projects water related financed under FP7 and H2020: sH2O, Zero Brine, Smart-Plant

2. The next Horizon Europe proposal, the EIC.

3. Water crisis: their nature, causes, consequences…The World Economic Forum’s global Risk 2015 report.

4. Water-Smart Industry: synergies, water-energy nexus, challenges, supporting technologies. The CDP report “Thirsty business: why water is vital to climate action)

5. Water-Smart Cities

6. Structure of PRIMA calls, the PRIMA Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda

EU Water Conference 2018 - Wien

The objective of this report is to make an overview of the key points aimed in the EU Water Conference, held in Vienna 20th-21st September 2018 and to help the SC5 NCPs to get the clues on the European Water Framework Directive and its implementation, as it has to be tackled in the water proposals under SC5 topics.

Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference Delivering on the Circular Economy - What’s next?

The objective of this report is to make an overview of the key points aimed in the 2018 Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference held in Brussels on 20-21 February 2018, and to help the SC5 NCPs to get the clues that are going to drive the circular economy stakeholder actions in the next future and their influence over the SC5 Work Programme.

The Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference is the main gathering of the European circular economy community and brings together businesses, local authorities and citizens to discuss recent initiatives and new areas of action in the transition to a more circular, resource-efficient and low-carbon economy.

Three years after adoption, the Circular Economy Action Plan had been fully completed. Its 54 actions have been delivered. On 4 March 2019, the European Commission adopted a comprehensive report on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan. The report presents the main achievements under the Action Plan and sketches out future challenges to shaping our economy and paving the way towards a climate-neutral, circular economy where pressure on natural and freshwater resources as well as ecosystems is minimised.

During the conference sessions, the progress of the initiatives, the new areas of action and upcoming deliverables in next themes, were discussed:

Guide “Best practices for trainings”

In order to improve SC5 NCPs training skills, a special set of best practices suitable for conducting more effective trainings on certain problematic topics were collected among
NCPs CaRE network.

The special target audience of this guide are the EU-13 and ENP countries SC5 NCPs, but of course the training methods for these seven topics proposed by our task are very
relevant to all the SC5 NCPs.
The seven best practice methods for improvement of NCP trainings include also descriptions on how to implement these activities in practice.

H2020 SC5 calls for 2020

The document provides a short list of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 calls including topics, indicative budgets, deadlines as well as information about submission process. The list is based on the final work programme published in July 2019. Texts of these forthcoming calls you can find already from the Funding & Tenders portal. European Commission will have an “Environment and Resources Information Day” in September this year. All sessions will be web-streamed and recordings will be made available after the event.

 All RIA topics are two-stage calls and the info for the topics LC-CLA-19-2020 and LCA-CLA-20-2020  has been corrected .

Good practices for NCP Participating to (EEN) brokerage events

Brokerage events allows clients to have pre-arranged meetings with several potential future partners for instance in the preparation of a Horizon 2020 project. This note gives best practices to participate to EEN brokerage events but almost all advices are also applicable to non-EEN brokerage events. This guide is targeting NCPs themselves when registering to a brokerage event. This other version of the note is targeting any potential applicants for applicant calls.