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TOPIC : Partnering environment for FET flagships

Topic identifier: FETFLAG-01-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action , ERA-NET-Cofund ERA-NET Cofund
Opening date:
10 November 2015
Deadline: 01 March 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Excellent Science
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Work Programme Part: Future and Emerging Technologies
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

To support funding and coordination of partnering projects (PPs) of the two Flagships.

PPs are projects supported by national/regional funding agencies and/or by private funding. They are addressing areas relevant for the Flagships and contribute to their objectives. Their role and activities and their integration into the Flagships were described in the above mentioned Staff Working Document[1].

The aim is to bring together national funding agencies from Member States and Associated Countries to fund such PPs, as well as supporting these and other PPs in their networking, coordination and participation in Flagship activities.


Proposals should address a single of the two following subtopics:

a. ERA-NET Cofund action: one follow-up action to the FLAG-ERA ERANET ( aiming to coordinate national and regional research programmes to fund PPs of the two Flagships through a joint transnational call for proposals (resulting in grants to third parties) between several such programmes complemented by EU co-funding, possibly followed by further calls for proposals without EU co-funding. The action may also organise additional joint activities between the participating funding agencies in support of the two Flagships.

b. Coordination and Support action: one action will be funded which will support all of the following points, for both Flagships:

  • the participation of PPs in meetings, workshops or other relevant activities organised by the Core Project of each Flagship;
  • the participation of PPs in the governance activities of each of the Flagships;
  • the networking and coordination of the PPs for helping them contribute to the research roadmaps of each Flagship and for disseminating their activities to promote Flagships at the regional/national level.

Proposals under this subtopic need to demonstrate how they add value beyond the activities already foreseen in the Flagships to liaise with PPs.

The action under this subtopic should be driven by (one or more) stakeholders representing relevant scientific communities.

Expected Impact:

a. ERA-NET Cofund action

Closer coordination and greater mobilisation and pooling of resources between regional, national and EU research programmes for realising the research goals of the FET Flagships;

b. Coordination and Support Action

Creating mutual benefit between the PPs and their Core Project, enhancing the impact of the Flagships on national and regional research programmes and fostering the role of PPs in the governance of the Flagships.

[1]SWD(2014) 283 final of 16.09.2014

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).

  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme with the following exceptions:

    Given the specific nature and strategic objective of the ERANET Cofund instrument, at most one ERANET Cofund will be funded under the relevant subtopic.

    Given the strategic objective of the Coordination and Support Action called for, at most one Coordination and Support Action will be funded under the relevant subtopic.

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Coordination and Support Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

    ERANET Cofund:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 MGA ERANET Cofund - Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

  7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

    This topic participates per default in the open access to research data pilot which aims to improve and maximise access to and re-use of research data generated by projects:

    • The pilot applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available for open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan (to be provided within six months after the project start).
    • Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they are part of the Pilot, and will not be penalised for opting out of the Pilot.
    • Projects can at any stage opt-out of the pilot.

    The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.
    Further information on the Open Research Data Pilot is made available in the H2020 Online Manual.

  8. Additional documents:
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Future and Emerging Technologies (FETs)
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme


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