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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


gender dimension of 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 be also


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 NCPs host 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 or Associated


Countries choosing not to participate as a member of the consortium should be identified and


the reason explained in the proposal. These NCPs 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.


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.


Type of action: Coordination and support action. The funding rate for this call is provided in


part D of the General Annexes.

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