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Network of Excellence (NoE)

A Network of Excellence is an instrument for strengthening excellence by tackling the fragmentation of European research, where the main deliverable is a durable structuring and shaping of the way that research is carried out on the topic of the network.

Aims and Objectives: NoE are designed to strengthen scientific and technological excellence on a particular research topic through the durable integration of the research capacities of the participants. They aim to overcome the fragmentation of European research by:
  • gathering the critical mass of resources
  • gathering the expertise needed to provide European leadership

NoE also have to spread excellence beyond the boundaries of its partnership.

Project components: Projects must include a training component in the frame of their “spreading of excellence “ activities.
Number of participants: Minimum of three partners from three different countries. However, the achievement of the “durable integration objective” usually implies a rather limited partnership.

Typically up to 5 years with a maximum of 7 years.

Projects Management:

An overall management framework will have to be into place.

Expected funding:

> millions € but no minimum threshold

Type of funding: Funding will be in form of a grant for integration. A fixed amount which will be distributed in annual instalments.
Related document:

“Classification of the FP 6 Instruments” (synoptic table and detailed description), “Methodological guidance note on the performance indicators within Networks of Excellence”, available at