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TOPIC : NCP project on strengthening competitiveness in ERC calls

Topic identifier: ERC-2016-NCP
Publication date: 29 July 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
06 October 2015
Deadline: 07 January 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020 H2020 website
Pillar: Excellent Science
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Work Programme Part: European Research Council (ERC)
Topic Description


The ERC wishes to strengthen national and local support to potential ERC applicants, in particular to those from countries with weak participation in the ERC programme.

Support will be given to a consortium of formally nominated ERC National Contact Points (NCPs) with a view to identifying and sharing good NCP practices and raising the general standard of support to ERC applicants, taking into account the diversity of actors and experiences.

The activities will be tailored to harmonise the quality of the services provided between the more and less experienced NCPs and level the quality of support provided to ERC applicants between more and less competitive countries in the ERC’s calls.

Various activities may be included, such as joint workshops, coaching, twinning/ tripling, webinars and other IT tools and fora for enhanced cross-border brokerage events, training sessions and organisation of workshops/meetings.

An integral part of the project will be the organisation of transnational workshops for coaching potential ERC applicants with all stakeholders involved in the ERC application process, and the provision of support for dedicated local ERC stakeholder events. The travel and subsistence expenses of participants should be covered for both types of event.

Special attention will be given to enhancing the competence and capacity-building of ERC NCPs, including helping less experienced NCPs rapidly acquire the know-how accumulated in other countries. Building up cooperation with other relevant stakeholder networks to increase the support to potential ERC applicants will also be encouraged.

The focus throughout should be on issues specific to the ERC and should not overlap with actions foreseen in other NCP networks.

The actions shall be implemented under the guidance of a group comprising representatives of the NCP project, of the ERC Working Group on Widening European Participation and of the ERCEA.

The evaluation of the potential impact of the project will take into account in particular whether the consortium has a good representation of NCPs from more and less competitive countries in the ERC’s calls.

Submission of a single proposal is encouraged.

The maximum duration of the project shall be for 36 months.

Topic conditions and documents

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

The budget breakdown for this call is given in the call conditions section of the work programme.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding:
    The conditions specific to this Coordination and Support Action are described in the ERC Work Programme 2016 under the chapter 'Other actions" and in "Annex 3".
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions
    The conditions specific to this Coordination and Support Action are described in the ERC Work Programme 2016 under the chapter 'Other actions" and in the ERC Rules for Submision and Evaluation under section 2.2.

    Additional eligibility criterion
    Only ERC NCPs host organisations which have been officially appointed by the relevant national authorities are eligible to participate in and receive funding for this action.
  3. Evaluation
    The conditions specific to this Coordination and Support Action are described in the ERC Work Programme 2016 under the chapter "Other actions", heading "Proposal evaluation".

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold
    Evaluation criteria are:
    1) Excellence
    2) Impact
    3) Quality and efficiency of the implementation

    Each evaluation criterion will be marked on a scale of 0 to 5 and an overall quality threshold of 80% will be used to establish the retained list of proposals which will be ranked in order of priority for funding.

    3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process
    Please refer to the ERC Rules for Submission and Evaluation.

  4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.
  5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
    Indicative date to inform applicants on the outcome of the evaluation: 15 March 2016.
    Indicative date for the signature of grant agreement: 15 July 2016.
  6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Coordination and Support Action:

    For specific provisions and funding rates, please refer to pages 46-47 pages of the ERC Work Programme 2016.
    Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
    Standard evaluation form
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement

  7. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility 

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