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NMP TeAm 3 Report Summary

Project ID: 646112

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - NMP TeAm 3 (Improving the services of the NMP NCP Network through Transnational Activities)

Reporting period: 2015-01-01 to 2015-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

"The network of National Contact Points (NCPs) is the main structure to provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Horizon 2020. NCPs are also established in many non-EU and non-associated countries ("third countries"). Among their main activities, NCPs provide guidance, advice, trainings and assistance in Horizon applicants.

NMP TEAM 3 is the project of the National Contact Points of the "Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies - NMP" part of Horizon 2020. Its aim is to identify and share good practices and raising the general standard of support by the National Contact Points to all applicants of EU Member States, and Associated and Third Countries. It also aims at simplifying access to H2020 calls having achieved a consistent, improved and professionalised NCP service across Europe.

The aim of NMP TeAm 3 is to facilitate trans-national co-operation between NCPs within the Industrial Leadership Part with a view to identifying and sharing good practices and raising the general standard of support by the NMP NCPs to programme applicants and therefore helping simplify access to H2020 calls, lowering the entry barriers for newcomers, and raising the average quality of submitted proposals.

To achieve this objective NMP TeAm 3 has activities to build the capacity of all NMP NCPs in order to provide high quality services, to provide the necessary tools to all NMP NCPs so that they may assist their clients to succeed in participating in Horizon 2020, to increase the impact of activities, services and results to a wide audience of clients and stakeholders.

This project builds on the results and the achievements of the previous NMP NCP projects, NMP TEAM 1 and 2, from the 7th EU Framework Programme for Research and Development, including the improved interactive website and the further improvement of the Partner Search Tool, the training activities, the partnership building and other networking events and the cooperation with the NMP related Networks. Webinars and other virtual events for NMP NCPs and H2020 participants were introduced in order to enlarge the audience and provide timely information. Importance is given on strengthening the ties within the Network, an essential ingredient for stronger and more effective collaboration through team building activities.

NMP TeAm 3 includes the entire NMP NCP Network (including all NMP third country contacts). It has two types of partners, the beneficiaries , those being the 16 organisations, all officially nominated NCPs, who are listed as partners in this project, who accessed the grant agreement with the European Commission and who carried out the work described in the technical part of the project. The other non beneficiaries partners, are official NMP NCPs, who enjoy all the deliverables of this project, including the developed tools and methodologies and who were able to take part in all project activities with their travel and accommodation paid by the project partner responsible for the specific activity.

The specific objectives of the project, measured and assessed through deliverables, are:

Objective 1: To create the mechanisms and tools for capacity building of all NMP NCPs' skills that will ensure the NCP Network's high and consistent level of services to clients:
- Training seminars with physical presence of NMP NCPs. Four (4) training seminars will be organised adjacent to NCP meetings or other events organised by the EC.
- Continuous distance learning through periodic webinars. At least six (6) webinars will be organised throughout the duration of the project.
- Learning by experience through staff exchanges and twinning schemes. Less experienced NCPs or newly appointed NCPs will have the opportunity to physically visit and work together for up to 3 days with more experienced colleagues. This will allow for quicker knowledge transfer and cross-fertilisation amongst the NCPs and it will be the starting point of a longer mentor / mentoree relationship to continue after the staff exchange as a twinning scheme. At least eight (8) staff exchanges and resulting twinning schemes are foreseen.
- A mechanism for continuous self-assessment of NMP NCPs through benchmarking.

Objective 2: To provide the necessary tools to all NMP NCPs so that they can assist their clients to increase their success rate in H2020. The tools will assist NCPs to provide valuable information and brokering services to the widest possible audience and thus lower the barriers for participation of potential applicants:
- An electronic Partner Search Facility (PSF) dedicated to NMP topics (continuation of the already successful NMP Team 1&2 tool). The tool's purpose is to assist proposers and / or consortia to identify the best possible partners that match their needs and build strong and competitive consortia.
- Brokerage events co-organised with the Enterprise Europe Network and other NCP networks at large recognised conferences. Co-organisation of at least four (4) matchmaking events.
- Virtual information webinars for clients. Organisation of at least six (6) webinars for clients with important information on Horizon 2020, new tools (eg. the SME Instrument) and special issues that may arise.

Objective 3: To improve the outreach of the NMP NCP Network and maximise the impact of its activities, services and results to a wide audience of clients and stakeholders. These will be achieved through:
- the improvement and management of a dedicated website (continuation of NMP TeAm 1&2 website), providing valuable information on NMP related matters to NCPs and their clients,
- active promotion of NMP TeAm's activities (partner searches, news, events organised by the project, the EC and NMP NCPs in their countries) through social media and the @NMP Team Twitter account,
- spreading information about the NCP Network and its services at events with large concentration of clients and relevant stakeholders,
- creation of synergies with other support mechanisms, like, among others, the Enterprise Europe Network, European Technology Platforms and other thematic NCP Networks.

Objective 4: To establish tools and support mechanisms in order to ensure the proper implementation of the project and the timely conclusion of all its activities."

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

During the first period of NMP TeAm 3, several activities that benefited NMP NCPs and their clients were undertaken. The most significant results of these activities were:
- Two training seminars organised in Brussels with 53 NCPs participating.
- Two webinars organised for all NMP NCPs with 47 NCPs participating.
- The Partner Search Facility updated for the WP 2016-2017. The PSF has 1059 registered users from 74 countries and for the WP 2016-2017 there were 265 published partner request profiles (228 offers and 37 requests)
- Organisation of one brokerage event in France with 242 participants having 1072 meetings.
- Co-organisation of Brokerage event during Euronanoforum 2016 with 186 participants having 506 meetings.
- Organisation of 2 virtual events for clients with 1014 registrations from 21 countries
- Creation of a new website to substitute and improve the website of projects NMP TeAm 1 & 2.
- Active dissemination through social media. Up to 31.12.2015 the twitter account was followed by 93 followers and 144 tweets were submitted. The twitter messages had 63 762 impressions and resulted in 1 474 profile visits.
- 22 NMP NCPs assisted clients through the NMP TeAm 3 stand in 4 NMP related events.
- An MoU was signed between the Enterprise Europe Network Sector Group “Micro and Nano Technologies” and NMP TeAm 3.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The expected impacts of NMP TeAm 3 as listed in the work programme are an improved and professionalised NCP service across Europe, thereby helping simplify access to Horizon 2020 calls, lowering the entry barriers for newcomers, and raising the average quality of proposals submitted and a more consistent level of NCP support services across Europe.The activities of NMP TeAm 3 are designed to have an impact on the NMP NCPs, their co-operation and their clients, namely H2020 applicants. During the implementation of NMP TeAm 3, all NMP NCPs will have the opportunity to acquire necessary skills and knowledge that will assist them to provide a high level of services and assistance to their clients. NMP TeAm 3 will also provide the common tools that all NMP NCPs can use to assist their clients in a professional way to get information and participate in Horizon 2020.

The variety of the tasks to be undertaken in this project are designed in order to help the NMP NCPs offer to its target audience improved services, more structured and in a consistent and standardised way. The continuous training activities (at least 4 training seminars in 12 months) and the use of well established tools like the Partner Search System and the website of NMP TeAm (which are already making an impact) will be important steps made towards the “professionalisation” of the NMP NCP Network.

The variety of events (information & brokering) for the clients, together with other available Networks related to programme NMP, the Enterprise Europe Network and the European Technology Platforms, utilising International conferences are designed to reach a widest possible target audience, to lower the entry barriers for newcomers and hopefully to contribute to raising the average quality of submitted proposals.

The actions under project NMP TeAm 3 have short term and long term impacts, stemming from the Improvement of the NMP NCP Network provided services to their clients. The short term impact is the better awareness of the H2020 NMBP programme and calls to the research community and more and better quality proposals being submitted from also new comers. The long term impact is raising the awareness of proposers in schemes or modus operandi linked with new EU initiatives likely to be decided in the last 3 years of H2020, and in connection with the preparation of future research programmes. A further long term impact is assisting the Commission in the achievement of the flagship initiative Europe 2020 in which great emphasis is based on research and innovation.

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Record Number: 190146 / Last updated on: 2016-11-08