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TOPIC : MSCA National Contact Points

Topic identifier: MSCA-NCP-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
01 February 2017
Deadline: 29 June 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Excellent Science
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Work Programme Part: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Topic Description
Objective:

Facilitate trans-national co-operation between National Contact Points (NCPs) for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), with a view to identifying and sharing good practices and raising the general standard of support to applicants, taking into account the diversity of actors.

Scope:

Support will be given to a consortium of formally nominated NCPs in the area of MSCA. The activities will be tailored according to the nature of the area, and the priorities of the NCPs concerned. Various mechanisms may be included, such as benchmarking, joint workshops, enhanced cross-border brokerage events, training sessions linked to MSCA as well as to Responsible Research and Innovation, twinning schemes, etc. Special attention will be given to enhancing the competence of MSCA NCPs, including helping less experienced NCPs rapidly acquire the know-how accumulated in other countries. It will also be encouraged to build up cooperation with other networks to increase visibility to potential beneficiaries, especially in the non-academic sector.

The focus throughout should be on issues specific to MSCA and should not duplicate actions foreseen in the NCP network for quality standards and horizontal issues under 'Science with and for Society'.

Only NCP organisations from EU Member States, Associated Countries, and third countries which have been officially appointed by the relevant national authorities are eligible to participate in and receive funding for this action.

The consortium should have a good representation of experienced and less experienced NCPs.

Submission of a single proposal is encouraged. NCPs from EU Member States, Associated Countries or third countries choosing not to participate as a member of the consortium are nevertheless invited and encouraged to participate in the project activities (e.g. workshops), and the costs incurred by the consortium for such participation (e.g. travel costs paid by the consortium) may be included in the estimated budget and be eligible for funding by the Commission.

The Commission will only fund one proposal under this topic. The maximum duration of support will be three years from the starting date specified in the grant agreement.

Expected Impact:
  • An improved and professionalised NCP service across Europe, therefore helping simplify access to Horizon 2020 calls, lowering the entry barriers for newcomers, and raising the average quality of submitted proposals.
  • A more consistent level of NCP support services across Europe.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

International cooperation

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

    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


    H2020 MGA Specific – Multi-Beneficiary

    Annotated Grant Agreement
     
  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.
  7. Additional documents
  8. H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (MSCA)

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes

    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation

    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation

 

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