What is the role of NCPs?
National Contact Points (NCPs) provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Horizon 2020. Thanks to the NCPs of your country, you can have personalised support on the spot and in your own language if you want to submit a project proposal under Horizon 2020.
Besides, you can benefit from NCP specific knowledge in a particular part of the Horizon 2020. Indeed, there are NCPs for Legal & Financial Issues, Access to Finance, SMEs, ICT, Infrastructures and Energy. In the map below you can find those are the NCPs specialised in the Energy field in your country.
What is the NCP network?
NCPs are national structures established and financed by governments of the 28 EU Member States and the States Associated to the EU R&I Framework Programme. NCPs are also established in many non-EU and non-Associated Countries.
The NCP systems can vary from one country to another from highly centralised to decentralised networks, and a number of very different actors, from ministries to universities, research centres and special agencies to private consulting companies.
What services NCPs provide?
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 are available in accordance with the NCP Guiding Principles agreed by all countries:
- Guidance on choosing relevant H2020 topics and types of action;
- Advice on administrative procedures and contractual issues;
- Training and assistance on proposal writing;
- Distribution of documentation (forms, guidelines, manuals etc.);
- Assistance in partner search.