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.

Meet and Exchange Workshop: Promoting synergies between ESIF and Horizon 2020

November 29, 2016

Building on the NCP academy training in February 2016, and in the context of the mid-term review of Horizon 2020, the workshop was an opportunity to share best practices in setting-up a dialogue with the Managing Authorities and key regional stakeholders (regional governments and representatives, national coordination administration of ESIF funds).

Meet and Exchange Workshop: Establishment of TASK FORCE “Impact of NCP projects”

November 16, 2016

This workshop was based on the on the Meet & Exchange workshop on “Impact of NCP projects” (June 7th 2016, Copenhagen). The content covered preparation of a report on the impact of NCP projects from the NCP perspective including aspects such as examples of good practices, recommendations for remaining H2020 and FP9.

Meet and Exchange Workshop: Performance Monitoring of HORIZON 2020

September 19, 2016

In close cooperation with the experts from the European Commission this Meet & Exchange workshop gave an overview on performance monitoring practises of Horizon 2020 discussing links to the work of National Contact Points.

Meet & Exchange Workshop: Quality standards and good practices

June 21-22, 2016

Participants pooled their knowledge and experience and looked for the answer to a very challenging question: “Is it possible to measure in a sound and impartial way efforts of NCP experts and set common Key Performance Indicators to compare these efforts across different NCP systems?“

Meet & Exchange Workshop: Access to Risk Finance

June 09, 2016

The workshop facilitated an exchange of views among stakeholders in order to better define how the financial instruments, facilities and accompanying measures launched under Horizon 2020 can enhance access to finance for research, innovation and SMEs; the interactions between these financial instruments, COSMEs and European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF), as well as with instruments at national and local levels.