National Contact Points (NCPs)

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 and BBI JU. NCPs are national structures established not only in all EU Countries but also in many non-EU and non-associated countries ("third countries").

For the applicants interested in receiving professional support or advice nationally, you are encouraged to contact the respective member of the network of National Contact Points. You can find out more from the DG RTD participant portal if you follow this link.

BioHorizon - National Contact Points for H2020 SC2 and KET-Biotechnology

This project supports the NCPs working with Horizon 2020 project paryticipants for programmes supporting grants in food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research, the bioeconomy and biotechnology. The BioHorizon NCP project runs for four years from March 2015 – February 2019. The project consortium comprises 15 NCP institutions, under the coordination of the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research Polish Academy of Sciences (IPPT PAN POLAND).

The overall idea behind the BioHorizon project is to establish a pan-European learning platform for the transnational activities engaged in by SC2 and KET Biotechnology NCPs, and to create a network of NCPs capable of exploiting synergies with respect to distributed knowledge and collective development of training sessions and materials. This well established, active network will allow NCPs to learn from one another, increasing mutual understanding of the different approaches applied and requirements encountered in the daily work of an NCP.

The network will develop high quality services provided in turn to beneficiaries of funding under SC2 and KET-Biotechnology, namely researchers, representatives of industry and SMEs, and other stakeholders. The assistance provided by BioHorizon will surpass typical NCP services, with the network emphasising the importance of the complex and multidisciplinary aspects of Horizon 2020, including widening participation throughout the EU 28 and involving new stakeholders. The members of the network require specific knowledge of a variety of aspects related to European research and innovation policy, such as the common agricultural policy (CAP), marine policy, the European Innovation Partnership (EIP), Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs), the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR), etc.

You can find out more on the project website