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Net4Mobility Report Summary

Project ID: 640603
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.3.5.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Net4Mobility (Net4Mobility: Network of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions National Contact Points)

Reporting period: 2015-02-01 to 2016-07-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The objective of the Net4Mobility project is to facilitate the transnational cooperation between the National Contact Points (NCPs) of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). The project aims to achieve the following two goals:
1) mutual support and thus raising the general standard of applicants (taking into account the diversity of the different actors)
2) to better inform the research and innovation stakeholders on funding possibilities in the MSCA and help them to improve their performance. Thus, ultimately our goal is to support research and innovation. As a synergy effect, the work processes of REA, EC and NCPs will be optimized and more effective.
The project will help less experienced NCPs to improve their service so that their beneficiaries become more competitive. Less experienced NCPs shall be able to rapidly acquire knowledge from the community of MSCA NCPs. Net4Mobility has to raise awareness of MSCA funding possibilities in the non-academic and the academic sectors, especially for the new funding schemes or new modes in existing ones.
The project will achieve these goals by the implementation of a wide array of measures, e.g.:
- Trainings based on the needs of MSCA NCPs in particular with regards to the challenges of Horizion2020
- 'Twinning' visits and Best Practice Meetings to tap into the already existing knowledge of MSCA NCPs
- Communication platforms for the constant exchange and transfer of knowledge
A number of public engagement activities and networking events with relevant stakeholders round up the project's activities. Net4Mobility relates to the Work Programme for MSCA 2014-2015 ‘Call for Transnational cooperation among Marie Skłodowska-Curie National Contact Points (NCP)’. The activities are tailored according to the nature of the area and the priorities of the involved NCPs according to the EC Guide on the NCPs principles for H2020.

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

Net4Mobility performed well in the first half of its duration and the overall goals were reached via the timely deliverance of the following outcomes:
- the network as a whole serves its target community, namely the MSCA NCPs and by extension the scientific community in need of information on the MSCA
- the internal and external information flow within the network, towards the EC, REA and other stakeholders was set up and is carried out in formal and nonformal ways, such as e.g. the working group with EC and REA. Most notably, the project can use CircaBC as internal data repository; the google group exceeds the expectations; and all web-based information platforms are very widely used and have a high rate of key performance indicators (likes/followers/hits etc.)
- The existing knowledge within the network has been successfully mapped and NPCs are equipped with a powerful tool (assessment grid) to develop their own expertise development framework. Newcomers are especially taken on board by the Newcomers Welcome Package and a special section on the web site of the project for their needs.
- Live and virtual trainings as well as the twinnings and the best practice seminars have significantly contributed to the success of the project so far despite the fact that the trainings/bps plan is slightly delayed due to force majeure.
- the collaboration with external stakeholders such as EEN or other networks is well underway, as is the collaboration with 3rd country NPCs.
- a number of attractice outreach activities and products serve to raise awareness for the MSCA in the scientific community, such as poster/brochures/videos.

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 project went beyond the state of the art with a number of additional activities and the constant monitoring for attractive occasions to promote and sustain the projects work towards various target groups.
- the project published in time for the MSCA-IF-2016 call an addtional 'IF Survivors' Guide' (a writing guide) which has been proven very successfully
- the projects website has a an addtional section for the Expressions of Interest for future MSCA candidates which became very popular
- it is assessed if the projects FAQ blog can be linked to the ECs FAQ section on the MSCA
- the collaboration with the EEN has become very strong thanks to the efforts of MSCA NCPs which are simultaneously EEN member
- the project submitted a peer reviewed contribution to the Vitae confernece 2016 which was positively evaluated

With these activities, Net4Mobility creates an impact in the scientific community and among the MSCA NCPs beyond what has been stated in the Description of Action. As the network proves to be very strong and active and new ideas are welcome, it can be stated that future opportunities to create an even bigger impact will be seized.

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