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NCP_WIDE.NET Report Summary

Project ID: 639034
Funded under: H2020-EU.4.f.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - NCP_WIDE.NET (Transnational Network of cooperation for WIDESPREAD NCPs)

Reporting period: 2015-01-01 to 2016-08-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The main aim of the NCP_WIDE.NET project is to create a transnational network of National Contact Points (NCPs) for Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation under Horizon 2020 in order to facilitate transnational co-operation between NCPs, with a view to identifying and sharing good practices and raising the general standards of support to program applicants. Special attention is given to help less experienced NCPs which are requiring the know-how accumulated in other countries and access to wiring resources in the network, through mentoring visits, a learning platform for trans-national activities of the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation NCPs, and to create a network of NCPs exploiting the synergies of distributed knowledge, collective development and trainings. The network develops high quality services provided to Widespread beneficiaries i.e. regional stakeholders participating in Teaming, Twinning, ERA Chairs and COST activities.

The overall structure of the NCP_WIDE.NET is divided into 5 Work Packages (WPs) which shall be implemented through the 60 months of the project’s duration. The WPs aim at receiving the impacts foreseen within the project and are as follow:
• WP1 is focusing on the management and coordination of the project. The necessary exchange of information between the project participants and ensuring the successful animation and coordination of the consortium is the main target of this work package.
• WP2 aims at improving the WIDESPREAD NCPs’ work effectiveness and quality of services, ensuring a consistent level of services provided across Europe. With this objective, special attention will be given to the identification of their needs, strengths and weaknesses in order to properly design the content of workshops, mentoring and training activities.
• WP3 puts emphasis on improving the expertise and knowledge base of success stories and best practices on Widespread activities such as Teaming and Twinning, ERA-Chairs, COST.
• WP4 corresponds to the need for effective collaboration with many different external partners and stakeholders for the sake of future applications under Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation scheme. In fact, the WP4 is aiming at improving, creating and coordinating collaboration opportunities.
• WP5 is dedicated to dissemination and promotion in order to increase the visibility of the Network and to raise the awareness of the opportunities offered by the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation activities under Horizon 2020. The dissemination activities are proceed through various tools such as the Project Portal, promotional materials, social media and promotion during events.

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

"Within the reporting period the overall objective has been reached due to the establishment of the NCP Forum and tailored measures targeted at improving and leveling of the NCPs capacities to deliver services of high quality standards, enhancing transnational collaboration between NCPs and applicants, delivering complex information on Widespread activities and promoting the Network itself. Special attention has been given to help less experienced NCPs through mentoring visits.
Specific objectives of the NCP_WIDE.NET project are as follow and were reached due to the described actions:
NCPs capacity building and exchange of practices on high quality standards (2): 1 workshop on thematic issues (lega&finance), exchange of best practices on NCP job (Guide for NCPs: http://www.ncpwidenet.eu, enhancing competencies and soft skills - 1 workshop on soft skliss, as well as mentoring measures offered by experienced NCPs to the newcomers - 3 mentoring visits.
Supporting NCPs expertise on Widespread activities (3): benchmarking of Centers of Excellence potential and development of a guide on how to support participation in Widening activities, which encloses a dedicated part for newcomers. Following publications elaborated within the project (i) Benchmarking Report "Potential for Teaming and Twinning", (ii) Guide "How to participate in Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation activtieis" avaliable at: at http://www.ncpwidenet.eu/publications/?cmd=downloads&sort=asc&order=name&type=5
Enhancing NCPs collaboration and fostering synergy for the sake of the Widespread activities and better quality of services offered (4): 1st brokerage event on Widespread activities and 1st joint workshop on synergies between ESIF and Horizon 2020 as well as cooperation with other networks and FP projects as e.g. NCP_Academy, RICH Network and the Enterprise Europe Network (common events).
Dissemination activities on the project and Widespread activities (5): Project Portal: www.ncpwidenet.eu, social media - Twitter account: @NCP_WIDENET and LinkedIN account: Spreading Excellence| NCP WIDE.NET, promotion during other events, exchange of information between NCPs and supporting the best quality standards. Set of promotional materials widely distributed is supporting the dissemination strategy."

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)

"During the reporting period NCP_WIDE.NET project contributed to delivering of impacts at the NCPs level creating the space and effective tools for capacity building, enhancement and exchange of know-how and experience as well as ensuring consistent level of services offered by WIDESPREAD NCPs. Moreover, the project served as a networking platform for collaboration between NCPs from Widening and non-Widening countries.
Project has achieved foreseen impacts to Widespread stakeholders, applicants and newcomers, giving them the possibility to enhance their knowledge, exchange best practices and foster collaboration for future Widespread calls. Analysis based on case studies helped to identify barriers, challenges and opportunities to future applicants. Moreover, publications point out fields of special attention they had to focus on while preparing proposals and building strategy as e.g. SWOT analysis, business plan, relation to Smart Specialisation Strategies or RIS3. All Widespread stakeholders have free and equal access to following publications elaborated within the project (i) Benchmarking Report "Potential for Teaming and Twinning", (ii) Guide "How to participate in Widespread activtieis" at: at http://www.ncpwidenet.eu
Project portal www.ncpwidenet.eu creates a one-stop-shop on the NCP_WIDE.NET network and Widespread activities through access to relevant documents, facts, news on Widespread policy context. Through the project's website, information on significant events, open calls, European Commission announcements etc. are disseminated. It is also a space where project partners presents their achievements. This gives significant insight and overview on project activities and the achieved aims. The other unique source of information for stakeholders is the NCP_WIDE.NET Newsletter.
Project has reached its impact as well at the EU level due to activities that enabled wide dissemination of the project and Widespread activities, reaching stakeholders and other complementary communities. This strategy facilitated discussion on synergies between Widening activities and other H2020 areas or EU relevant topics."

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