NCPs are national structures established and financed
by governments of the 25 EU member states and the states
associated to the framework programme. NCPs give personalised
support on the spot and in proposers' own languages.
The NCP systems in the different countries show a wide
variety of architectures, from highly centralised to
decentralised networks, and a number of very different
actors, from ministries to universities, research centres
and special agencies to private consulting companies.
This reflects the different national traditions, working
methodologies, research landscapes and funding schemes.