- Improved professionalisation/skills of NCPs across Europe, helping to simplify access to Horizon Europe calls, lowering the entry barriers for newcomers, and raising the average quality of proposals submitted.
- Harmonised and improved trans-national cooperation between NCPs.
- Enhanced support to NCPs and potential applicants in widening countries and countries that participate at lower levels in the share of proposals and projects.
- Increase the participation of women.
- Assist in developing a pan-European Innovation Ecosystem.
- Proposals should aim to facilitate transnational cooperation between National Contact Points (NCPs) with a view to identifying and sharing good practices and raising the general standard of support to programme applicants.
- Special attention should be given to enhancing the competence of NCPs, including helping less experienced NCPs rapidly acquire the know-how built up in other countries.
- The consortium should have a good representation of experienced and less experienced NCPs.
- Proposals should address the diversity of the EIC-EIE stakeholders (researchers, innovators, SMEs, start-ups, investors) and support schemes.
- Proposals should enhance synergies across different parts of Horizon Europe the, for instance with the ERC and the EIT, as well as with InvestEU and Structural Fund programmes.
- Proposals should pay particular attention and facilitate collaboration with the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and European Innovation Ecosystem stakeholders.
- The proposal should cover the whole duration of Horizon Europe.
18 May 2021