NCPs CaRE has developed a great report under the Task 4.3 and entitled “Report on Relevant Initiatives and Networks and Their Organigram”. It is possible to download it under the “Useful Guides” section.
H2020 NCP Networks
Health NCP Net 2.0 (HNN 2.0 – Grant Agreement no. 643390), coordinated by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III, is the network of the NCPs of the H2020 Societal Challenge 1 ‘Health, demographic change and wellbeing’. HNN 2.0 aims at improving and professionalizing the NCP service, thus achieving a more consistent level of NCP support services across Europe. Because of the broad mandate of the SC1 NCPs and of the revolutionary approach of H2020, HNN 2.0 adopts a holistic approach and collaborates with other support structures, projects and programmes.
BioHorizon (Grant Agreement no. 652637), coordinated by the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research Polish Academy of Sciences (IPPT-PAN), is the network of the NCPs of Societal Challenge 2 “Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, Marine and Maritime Research and the Bioeconomy” and the Key Enabling Technology (KET) “Biotechnology”. BioHorizon is meant as an innovative pan-European platform for transnational activities of NCPs involved in the SC2 and KET-B. Its aim is also to create a network of NCPs exploiting the synergies of acquired and distributed knowledge, collective development and trainings, in which all NCPs can learn from each other thus increasing mutual understanding of different approaches and requirements in their daily work.
C-ENERGY2020 (Grant Agreement no. 641003), coordinated by the Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE), is the network of the NCPs of Societal Challenge 3 “Secure, clean and efficient energy”. C-ENERGY 2020 objectives are: ensuring the high quality of the SC3 NCP services; lowering entry barriers for newly appointed SC3 NCPs; consolidating the network of SC3 NCPs.
ETNA2020 (Grant Agreement no. 690637), coordinated by the Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE), is the network of the NCPs of Societal Challenge 4 “Smart, Green and Integrated Transport”. ETNA2020 overall goal is facilitating trans-national cooperation among SC4 NCPs, identifying and sharing good practices, and raising the general standard of the support to programme applicants across the EU and globally. To this aim, the project develops along five main activity axes: improving the understanding of EU Transport R&I landscape; capacity building of NCPs; upgrading the tool set of SC4 NCPs; strengthening the participation of relevant stakeholders to H2020, and offering networking opportunities within the SC4 constituency.
Net4society4 (Grant Agreement no. 649180), coordinated by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), is the network of the NCPs of Societal Challenge 6 “Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies”. “NET4SOCIETY” supports the creation and establishment of a functional Network of Socioeconomic Sciences and the Humanities (SSH)-NCPs. “NET4SOCIETY” offers specific high quality training sessions, dedicated workshops, and mentoring and brokerage events. The project provides targeted tools such as a best practice handbook and a database for the specific area of Socioeconomics and the Humanities, including a refined partner-search tool. These tools are available on NET4SOCIETY website.
SEREN 3 (Grant Agreement no. 653450), coordinated by the Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE), is the network of the NCPs of Societal Challenge 7 “Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens”. SEREN 3 aims at facilitating trans-national cooperation among SC7 NCPs, identifying and sharing good practices, and raising the general standard of the support to programme applicants across the EU, Associated and Third countries.
RICH (Grant Agreement no. 646713), coordinated by the Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE), is the network of the NCPs of “Research Infrastructures, including e-Infrastructures”. The specific objective of RICH (Research Infrastructures COnsortium for Horizon 2020) is to facilitate trans-national co-operation between relevant NCPs 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 Research Infrastructures. The activities of RICH include, amongst others, multi-level trainings and tripling schemes, experts seminars, simposia and wide promotion of Transnational Access and Service (TAS) as well as a wide range of other communication and dissemination tools and platforms.
Net4mobility (Grant Agreement no. 640603), coordinated by Euresearch, is the network of the NCPs of “Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions” (MSCA). The objective of Net4Mobility is to facilitate the transnational cooperation between the NCPs of the Marie MSCA. The project aims to achieve raise the general standard of applicants (taking into account the diversity of the different actors), better inform the R&I stakeholders on funding possibilities in MSCA and help them to improve their performance and help less experienced NCPs to improve their service. The project will achieve these goals by the implementation of a wide array of measures, such as trainings based on the needs of MSCA NCPs, ‘twinning’ visits and Best Practice Meetings, communication platforms for the constant exchange and transfer of knowledge.
IDEALIST 2018 (Grant Agreement no. 645216), coordinated by the Israel-Europe R&D Directorate (ISERD), is the network of the NCPs of “Information and Communication Technologies” (ICT). IDEALIST 2018 gathers more than 65 ICT national partners from EU and Non-EU Countries, such as Associated States, Eastern European Partner Countries (EEPC), Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPC) and other countries like Guatemala, Bolivia, Argentina, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Uganda and Canada. This network offers high expertise in proposal writing and project management, long-standing experience in EU Framework programmes, a unique quality labelled partner search tool and an international Quality team to support proposers.
NMP TeAM 3 (Grant Agreement no. 646112), coordinated by the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), is the network of the NCPs of “Nanotechnologies, Advanced materials, Biotechnology and Production”. It aims to facilitate transnational cooperation between NCPs within the Industrial leadership Part of H2020 with a view to identifying and sharing good practices and raising the general standard of support by the NMP NCPs to programme applicants. NMP TeAm 3 will achieve a consistent, 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. NMP Team 3 will create the mechanisms and tools for capacity building of NCPs’ skills throughout trainings, staff exchanges and twinnings.
COSMOS2020 (Grant Agreement no. 640163), coordinated by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), is the network of the NCPs of “Space”. In the context of COSMOS2020 capacity building, information services, project partner search support and more activities are carried out in order to reinforce the cooperation of NCPs and to raise the overall quality level of services.
NCP ACADEMY (Grant Agreement no. 633563), coordinated by Enterprise Ireland, is the network of the NCPs for the H2020 Legal and Financial aspects of Horizon 2020. The project aims to create and implement a new and integrated training of Horizon 2020 advisors – the NCP Academy. It brings together NCP Coordinators and NCPs for Legal and Financial aspects of Horizon 2020 to develop the NCP Academy concept and to develop and implement training courses on cross-cutting issues. It addresses quality standards and good practice as well as routes to feedback and communication for this community. In doing so it aims to significantly enhance the performance of NCPs and does so by harnessing the knowledge base already existing within this community.
SIS.NET2 (Grant Agreement no. 635656), coordinated by the Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS), is the network of the NCPs of “Science with and for Society”. Science with and for Society is crucial to bring together a wide range of stakeholders in order to build capacities and develop innovative ways to connect science to society through Responsible Research and Innovation measures. This demands that the Science with and for Society NCPs are able to orientate in the wide area of policies behind H2020, its topics and research areas as well as rules and regulations. In addition, they need to have extensive knowledge of the different groups of stakeholders. SIS.NET2 focuses on identifying and sharing good practices and raising the standard of proposals by organising joint activities of NCPs.
NUCL-EU2020 (Grant Agreement no. 661292), coordinated by the Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE), is the network of the NCPs of “EURATOM”. NUCL-EU 2020 aims to ensure high quality EURATOM NCP services; to lower the entry barriers for newly appointed EURATOM NCPs; to consolidate the network of EURATOM NCPs. NUCL-EU 2020 takes into consideration the significant changes that H2020 has brought about the EURATOM NCP mandate. Throughout the project, special attention is paid to the diversity of stakeholders in the Nuclear Fission and Radiation Protection sectors, the gender dimension, as well as to establish links with other EU relevant initiatives, programmes and policies.
NCP_WIDE.NET (Grant Agreement no. 639034), coordinated by the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research Polish Academy of Sciences (IPPT-PAN), is the network of the NCPs of “Spreading excellence and widening participation”. NCP_WIDE.NET objective is to create a network of NCPs of ‘Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation’ in order to facilitate transnational cooperation between NCPs. The overall logic of NCP_WIDE.NET is based on the improving and leveling of the NCPs capacities to deliver services of high quality standards, enhancing transnational collaboration between applicants, delivering complex information on WIDESPREAD activities and promoting the Network itself.
Heritage Plus is an Era-Net plus action which supports the JPI on Cultural Heritage by proposing concrete solutions for pooling national expertise and resources and establishing closer and robust collaboration among the participating States in the field of cultural heritage. The 60 month-Project involves 18 Programme Owners and Programme Managers all committed to participate with a budget for the Joint Call and resources for the coordination work. The Project started in October 2013 and will last 5 years.
The ERA-NET Cofund initiative WaterWorks2015, a collaboration of Water JPI and FACCE JPI, will set up a programme on sustainable water use in agriculture to increase water use efficiency and reduce soil and water pollution. This theme is common to the Strategic Research Agendas of the two collaborating JPIs.
ERA-MIN 2 is a public-public partnership (ERA-NET Cofund on Raw Materials), supported by European Commission’s Horizon 2020, under Societal Challenge 5, a pan-European network of 21 public funding organisations from 18 countries/regions, which started on 1st December 2016 for five years, and is coordinated by FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology (Portugal). Building on the experience of the EU project ERA-MIN (2011-2015), ERA-MIN 2 aims to enhance and strengthen the coordination of research and innovation programmes on non-energy, non-agricultural raw materials (construction, industrial and metallic minerals) to foster the circular economy, in line with the integrated strategy EU Raw Materials Initiative and the Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials. Through the implementation of one EU co-funded call in 2017 and two additional joint calls for transnational collaborative R&I projects, ERA-MIN 2 will support demand driven research on Primary and Secondary Resources, and Substitution of Critical Raw Materials under a circular economy approach, as well as cross-cutting issues, like the mitigation of environmental impacts and raising public awareness, thus facilitating the access of the research and innovation community to a world-wide coordinated funding, gaining access to leading knowledge and new markets, while reducing fragmentation of research and innovation funding across Europe and globally
The loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystems are major scientific and societal challenges. Addressing them and providing scientific support to policy requires a coherent research framework, with coordinated strategies and programmes at the regional and international levels, which are the relevant scales for many biodiversity issues. By networking 21 funding agencies from 15 countries, BiodivERsA2 aimed to strengthen the ERA on biodiversity. Building on the experience of the ERA-Net BiodivERsA, but with a wider, more balanced network, it promoted a strategy for biodiversity research, in partnership with other players in the field, and organized joint funding to better integrate biodiversity science. BiodivERsA2 ended in October 2014.
Eco-innovations (EI), i.e. “green” technologies, processes, products and services have an increasing impact for the global competitiveness of European industry. To reach a worldwide leading position, it needs to boost the implementation of EI in industry, especially in SMEs. The ERA-Net on EI supported research and dissemination in the field of EI. The ERA-NET ended in September 2014.
Climate Change is one of the most important issues facing the world in the 21st century and challenges all four (ecological, economical, social and cultural) dimensions of sustainable development. Severe impacts are unavoidable and European adaptation strategies must be supported by a coherent base of knowledge on its key vulnerabilities and response options. Such a base can only be generated by European, national and regional policy-relevant research. CIRCLE-2 ERA-Net aimed to contribute to those efforts by aligning and networking national and regional research funding and managing organisations as well as their respective programmes, thus contributing to the envisaged EU Clearing House on Climate Change Impacts Vulnerability and Adaptation (CCIVA). CIRCLE-2 ended in 2014.
SEAS ERA aimed to take into account the ongoing and previous integrating initiatives (AMPERA, marinERA, Marifish,…) so as to constitute a stable and durable structure for coordination and integration of national and regional marine and maritime research programmes with the major goal of providing a clear reply to the need for developing and implementing common research strategies and programmes related to the European sea basins. To this end, SEAS ERA brought together, through several mechanisms, the four European sea basins working at two different levels: regional and pan European; in order to harmonise common priorities and needs in marine and maritime research while respecting diversities between regions. SEAS ERA ended in 2014.
Joint Programming Initiatives
Joint Programming is an instrument established in 2008 by the European Commission to strengthen research and innovation by having European countries voluntarily work together and pool national research efforts. Therefore, Joint Programming Initiatives are inter-governmental collaborations meant to tackle major societal challenges unable to be addressed by individual countries and in doing so contribute to the development of the European Research Area. Member States and Associated Countries participate in joint initiatives on a voluntary basis in order to increase the value of relevant national and European R&D funding through joint planning, implementation and evaluation of national research programmes.
JPI Climate is a collaboration between 16 European countries to coordinate jointly their climate research and fund new transnational research initiatives. Transnational coordination of the research base aims to overcome research fragmentation, to make better use of precious public R&D resources and to facilitate cross border collaboration between top scientists. JPI Climate connects scientific disciplines, enables cross-border research and increases science-practice interaction. By doing this, it is expected that JPI climate significantly contribute to underpinning the European efforts to respond to climate change.
Protection of cultural heritage in the face of global change is a major concern for decision-makers, stakeholders and citizens in Europe. Before irreversible damage is done, concerted actions, based on sound science, are needed to protect, strengthen and adapt Europe’s unique cultural patrimony. A concerted research action is needed to allow Member States to maximise and exploit at best their research efforts. JPI CH provides a framework within which Member States address jointly areas where public research programmes can respond to major societal challenges through joint calls.
FACCE-JPI brings together 21 countries who are committed to building an integrated European Research Area addressing the interconnected challenges of sustainable agriculture, food security and impacts of climate change.
FACCE-JPI provides and steers research to support sustainable agricultural production and economic growth, to contribute to a European bio-based economy, while maintaining and restoring ecosystem services under current and future climate change.
The Joint Programming Initiative Water challenges for a changing world, the Water JPI, tackles the ambitious challenge of achieving sustainable water systems for a sustainable economy in Europe and abroad. The JPI deals with research in the field of water and hydrological sciences. The availability of water in sufficient quantities and adequate quality is indeed a public issue of high priority and addresses a pan-European and global environmental challenge. The Initiative responds to the grand challenge of “Achieving Sustainable Water Systems for a Sustainable Economy in Europe and Abroad”.
European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs)
European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) are a new approach to EU research and innovation. EIPs are challenge-driven, focusing on societal benefits and a rapid modernisation of the associated sectors and markets. EIPs act across the whole research and innovation chain, bringing together all relevant actors at EU, national and regional levels in order to: (i) step up research and development efforts; (ii) coordinate investments in demonstration and pilots; (iii) anticipate and fast-track any necessary regulation and standards; and (iv) mobilise ‘demand’ in particular through better coordinated public procurement to ensure that any breakthroughs are quickly brought to market. Rather than taking the above steps independently, as is currently the case, the aim of the EIPs is to design and implement them in parallel to cut lead times. EIPs are launched only in areas, and consist only of activities, in which government intervention is clearly justified and where combining EU, national and regional efforts in R&D and demand-side measures will achieve the target quicker and more efficiently.
The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) brings together cities, industry and citizens to improve urban life through more sustainable integrated solutions. This includes applied innovation, better planning, a more participatory approach, higher energy efficiency, better transport solutions, intelligent use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), etc.
The EIP Water facilitates the development of innovative solutions to address major European and global water challenges. At the same time, the EIP Water supports the creation of market opportunities for these innovations, both inside and outside of Europe. The aims of the EIP Water are: to facilitate, support and speed up the development and deployment of innovative solutions to water challenges; and to create market opportunities for these innovations both inside and outside of Europe. In order to reach the aims of the EIP Water, a wide perspective to innovation needs to be taken into account that embraces new products, processes and ways of working in the public as well as the private sector. In addition to research and technology, drivers to innovation such as financing, awareness-raising, ICT, governance, training and others need to be integrated in order to successfully identify and remove barriers to innovation and to ensure the uptake of innovative solutions. In addition, a global perspective is required, as many innovative actions are based on cooperation with international partners, or target international opportunities.
The EIP on Raw Materials is a stakeholder platform that brings together representatives from industry, public services, academia and NGOs. Its mission is to provide high-level guidance to the European Commission, Members States and private actors on innovative approaches to the challenges related to raw materials. The EIP targets non-energy, non-agricultural raw materials. Many of these are vital inputs for innovative technologies and offer environmentally-friendly, clean-technology applications. They are also essential for the manufacture of the new and innovative products required by our modern society, such as batteries for electric cars, photovoltaic systems and devices for wind turbines.
Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs)
Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), promoted by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), fully integrate all three sides of the ‘knowledge triangle’, i.e. higher education, research and business. By bringing together leading players from all these dimensions to cooperate within the KICs, the EIT is able to promote innovation in Europe.
Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership, working together to address the challenge of climate change. Climate-KIC drives innovation in climate change through creative partnerships large and small, local and global, between the private, public and academic sectors. All the Climate-KIC partners bring their industry experience to the community and are connected through a national or regional centre.
The mission of the EIT RawMaterials is to boost the competiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw materials sector via radical innovation and entrepreneurship.