Meet and Exchange Workshop: The NCP system towards FP9

30-31 May 2018

On 30 and 31st of May 2018, the NCP Academy organized a Meet & Exchange Workshop for NCP coordinators (coordinators of national NCP systems) and coordinators of NCP networks (Coordination and Support Actions for thematic NCPs funded by Horizon 2020).

Meet and Exchange Workshop: Practical Aspects for the Proposal Phase of Lump Sum Actions

March 13, 2018

This second Meet and Exchange Workshop focused on Lump Sum grants, in order to open a debate among L&F NCPs of the most important issues to be considered at the proposal stage.

Meet and Exchange Workshop: 2nd Meeting of Task Force of NCP Project Coordinators

March 06, 2018

The workshop focused on the activities planned for the next period by the NCP Academy and the thematic networks – aiming to to avoid overlaps or gaps. It included the presentation of good practice experiences from the individual NCP networks, with recommendations for their continuation and adoption by other networks where appropriate.

Meet and Exchange Workshop: Best practice for National Contact Points – European Innovation Council

December 05, 2017

This workshop looked at how NCPs are responding to the emergence of the European Innovation Council preparatory phase and considered longer term approaches to it. The workshop included context setting by Bernd Reichert, Head of Unit, European Agency for SMEs, European Commission, Evelyn Smith, IGLO Member Brussels, Enterprise Ireland as a representative of one of the national agencies in the Innovation Agencies Group on EIC and Grainne Dwyer, Member of the Commissioner’s High Level Group of Innovators.

Meet and Exchange Workshop: Lump Sum Financing in Horizon 2020 and FP9

May 29, 2017

The workshop aimed for participants to have a deeper knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of lump sum financing as well as a better idea on what a good model for lump sum financing could be. The participants will be able to give more knowledgeable advice to their own research and innovation community and other stakeholders.

Meet and Exchange Workshop: NCP Systems – Benchmarking on Macro and Micro Level and Gathering Future Needs

May 30-31, 2017

The workshop included exchanges on the different kinds of NCP structures, Key Performance Indicators and what the outcome of the Horizon 2020 interim evaluation means for NCPs. In addition we exchanged good practices on NCP working tools like CRM, strategic approaches to potential beneficiaries and novel training methods.

Meet and Exchange Workshop: Audits and audit strategy

March 20, 2017

This workshop provided the opportunity for participants to meet with a representative of the Common Audit Service, who gave a practical presentation on Audit Strategy and first audit findings. Participants discussed and exchanged their experience with audits in FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects.


March 13-14, 2017

The workshop took stock of the experiences with and first detectable results of the various programme lines of the “Widening” Package (particularly Teaming, Twinning and ERA Chairs). On this basis, the participating NCPs assessed the achievements with a view to the specific challenges or bottlenecks identified in their countries that are linked to the innovation divide, and discussed – from the specific NCP perspective – options for possible future orientations of “Widening” measures within the specific objective or Horizon 2020 as a whole.

Meet and Exchange Workshop: Communication strategies

March 06, 2017

An exchange of good practice centred around the communication mission of NCPs with a focus on: What are the key messages NCPs should convey? Who should NCPs target to achieve these goals? What should a good communication mix to promote a programme look like? Practical experiences with new tools (social media, webinars); Communicating to different target groups: Important lessons learnt; Advising the client ranging from the check of the project idea to the proposal check: Experiences and helpful tools; Evaluating the impact of NCPs communication activities.

Meet and Exchange Workshop: Best practice in Project Officer – NCP interactions

January 17, 2017

This workshop looked at best practices of how Project Officers should engage with NCPs to assist potential Horizon 2020 clients, and how the information should flow back to potential applicants.