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C-ENERGY 2020 Report Summary

Project ID: 641003
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.3.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - C-ENERGY 2020 (Connecting Energy National Contact Points in a pro-active network under Societal Challenge 3 'Secure, clean and efficient energy' in Horizon 2020)

Reporting period: 2014-12-01 to 2016-05-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

C-Energy 2020 Project aims at the following three specific objectives:

1. Ensuring high quality Energy National Contact Point (NCP) services for Horizon 2020 and related programmes applicants;
2. Lowering entry barriers for Energy NCPs approaching EU Framework Programmes for Research & Innovation (R&I) for the first time;
3. Consolidating the international network of Energy NCPs.

C-Energy 2020 plays a strategic role in the framework of Horizon 2020 implementation. In fact, by targeting the National Contact Points (NCPs) under the Societal Challenge 3 ‘Secure, clean and efficient energy’, it enables them to acquire all the skills and knowledge that are required to provide the best support for Horizon 2020 potential applicants and raise the average quality of proposals submitted under the EU Framework Programme for R&I.. The Project, therefore, permits NCPs to duly perform the mission allocated to them by the European Commission and the R&I national systems, that is so say to provide practical information, personalised assistance and guidance on all aspects of participation in Horizon 2020 in all EU Member States, Countries Associated and many Third Countries.

In addition, C-Energy 2020 plays an important role for collecting feedback on bottlenecks and difficulties in the implementation of Horizon 2020 itself, also in view of shaping the new ninth Framework Programme.

The Energy Societal Challenge in Horizon 2020 is one of the most important in terms of earmarked budget. This reflects the special attention the European Commission attaches to the shift towards an energy secure, competitive, climate resilient and low-carbon economy. This energy transition is underpinned by the EU 2020 and 2030 energy and climate objectives and is part of the longer term EU strategy for the emissions reduction by 2050 (80-95% compared to 1990 levels). The launch of the European Energy Union package in February 2015 confirmed that energy is a top priority for the European Commission that set the ambitious goal for the EU to become 'the world number one in renewable energies'. Within the EU energy policy framework and the path traced by the revised European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), activities under C-Energy 2020 will play a pivotal role in supporting the mobilisation of Europe's untapped innovation potential and channeling it into Horizon 2020 in order to help generate innovative low-cost and low-carbon energy solutions and assure they may have an impact on the EU citizens' lives.

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 18 Months of its duration, C-Energy 2020 Project performed the following activities:

WP1 --> Preparation, signature and managament of the Consortium Agreement; Project meetings (1 Kick Off meeting, 1 General Assembly meeting, 3 Management Board meetings);Creation of the Project's 4 mailing lists (for NCPs who are members of the project consortium, NCPs who are associated beneficiary to the Project, NCPs from Third Countries and all NCPs); payments (management and allocation of the pre-financing); monitoring of the project's activities implementation and continuos reporting; dialogue with the European Commission and the Project's advisory board; amendment to the Grant Agreement; Evaluation of technical progress; first quantitative and qualitiative assessment of project's activities vis-a-vis the Associated Beneficiaries; creation of the C-Energy 2020 extended NCP Team (25 organisations); ensuring an easy access to the information on the intranet to all Energy NCPs.

WP2 --> Performing the first NCP needs' assessment; developing and implementation of the C-Energy 2020 training concept (2 on site trainings organised seeing the average participation of 30 NCPs), 10 webinars streamlined seeing the average participation of 20 NCPs, 15 issues covered); twinning schemes (3 sessions organised and 9 NCPs menteed).

WP3 --> 1 enhanced cross-broder brokerage event organised and 2 EEN-led brokerage events supported; development of the methodological background for the training sessions for stakeholders; organisation of 5 training sessions for stakeholders organised (all of them in EU13 countries).

WP4 --> Signature of 4 cooperation agreement with as many H2020 NCP networks and implementation of joint activities; signature and implementation of 2 memoranda of understanding with 2 EEN Sector Groups (Intelligent Energy and Sustainable Transport Groups); setting the EEN-C-Energy 2020 Task Force; Partner search tool: development, extension, management, dissemination and production of 2 related manuals; Classification of already funded energy-related projects for the C-Energy 2020 Partner Search database; drafting and sending out a letter to Energy NCPs from Third Countries for kicking-off cooperation.

WP5 --> Preparation of the Communication and Dissemination Plan; Website: Choice of the subcontractor, website development and update; Website dissemination; Intranet creation and management; Development of the Promotional Kit (logo, posters, leaflets, roll-ups, USB with project's logo, training certificate, PPT and word templates) and promotional video; drafting a welcome mail for newly appointed NCPs; presence of C-Energy 2020 in major events and PR activities; 2 e-newsletter’s prepared and sent out; ensuring Social media presence.

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)

C-Energy 2020 network expected impact is twofold:

• 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;
• A more consistent level of NCP support services across Europe.

The success of the project is expected to be measured in terms of:
• Improvements in the Energy NCP services across Europe (also in terms of ensuring an easy access to H2020 calls) and the average quality of proposals submitted under H2020 and related programmes;
• Securing a straightforward involvement in the network activities for less or no experiences Energy NCPs;
• A more consistent Energy NCP network.

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