Collection of helpful links for NCPs

List of National Contact Points by the European Commission

  • 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. NCPs are also established in many non-EU and non-associated countries ("third countries").
  • The participant portal of the European Commission lists all officially nominated NCPs of EU member and associated countries as well as third countries.            


  • INCONTACT is the official Network of National Contact Points (NCP) for International Scientific Cooperation Activities (INCO) funded in the 7th Framework Programme of the EU
  • free online Encyclopaedia on International Cooperation in Horizon 2020 everyone can contribute
  • Incontact 2020 provides FAQs on international cooperation in Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation lasting from 2014-2020. The document addresses the most important issues regarding the participation of entities from third countries (neither EU Member States nor Associated countries), their eligibility for funding and additional sources of information.
  • Offers many useful links
  • Contact:

NCP Brussels

  • Brussels National Contact Point (NCP Brussels) is a regional initiative whose aim is to help companies, universities, research centres and other stakeholders of the Brussels Capital Region to access EU funding for Research and Innovation
  • NCP Brussels is an active member of several thematic NCP networks gathering major EU National Contact Points on FP7. As such, we can facilitate access of Brussels-based stakeholders to the services provided by networks such as:
    • ENV-NCP-TOGETHER (Environment NCP)
    • FIT-For-HEALTH (Health NCP)
    • C Energy Plus (Energy NCP)
  • NCP Brussels is trained and informed by the EC on upcoming topics and events, legal and financial matters. Under Horizon 2020, we are delegates in the Programme Committees on Energy, Climate Action, Secure Societies and SMEs & Access to Risk Finance. We work together with other Belgian NCPs on a structured and ad hoc basis.
  • Offers many useful links:
  • Contact:

IPR helpdesk

  • The European IPR Helpdesk is the official IP service initiative of the European Commission providing free-of-charge, first-line advice and information on Intellectual Property (IP) and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). The service is targeted at researchers and European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) participating in EU-funded collaborative research projects. In addition it addresses SMEs involved in international technology transfer processes.
  • Contact the helpdesk team: Phone: +352 25 22 33 333 | Email:
  • For specific questions regarding training, please send an email to | +49 681 95 92 33 79.

MERCOSUR - IPR helpdesk

  • The MERCOSUR IPR SME Helpdesk facilitates the expansion of the European Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) which are interested in or already operating in the MERCOSUR region and Chile, through increased know-how of the usage and enforcement of the Intellectual Property (IP) rights system
  • Accessible services are free of charge, user-friendly, first-line personalised and confidential advice on IP and related issues, plus factsheets, training, and online resources.
  • Contact: Mercosur IPR SME Helpdesk headquarters in Spain (University of Alicante): Call: +34 96 590 9684 (Monday - Friday 9:00 -17:00, CEST) |
  • Contact: Mercosur IPR SME Helpdesk Office in Brasil (Inova Unicamp): Call: +55 19 35212632 or +55 19 996 481 373 (Monday -Thursday 9:00-17:00) |



  • Net4Society is the international network of National Contact Points for the Societal Challenge 6 ("Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies") in Horizon 2020. National Contact Points (NCPs) are set up to guide researchers in their quest for securing EU funding.
  • Net4Society includes the European and International National Contact Points of almost 50 countries.
  • The network facilitates knowledge exchange between SSH NCPs with the aim of improving the support offered to researchers.
  • Offers a collection of useful training documents for SSH NCPs, provided by other NCP networks or educational institutions.
  • Contact:


Health NCP Net 2.0

  • Health NCP Net 2.0 (HNN 2.0) is a European project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon2020 programme that is aimed at aligning and enhancing the services that National Contact Points (NCPs) for the Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing Societal Challenge (SC1) provide to applicants of European funding for Health research across Europe and worldwide.
  • HNN 2.0 will run for four years (Jan. 2015 – Nov. 2019) .The consortium is built of 13 NCP institutions that are beneficiaries to the European Commission, under the coordination of Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII, Spain).
  • Services targeting the NCP Community:
    • Set of support materials, tools and templates and best practices available on the project website, such as NCP Handbook, Templates, tools and checklists and NCP Position Papers.
    • Comprehensive programme of on-site and virtual training courses, e.g., 8 on-site and 8 webinars (more upon request) designed on issues specific to Health; exhaustive news & events area including relevant webinars of other related initiatives on our website
    • Staff Exchanges
    • Personalized mentoring programme for EU-13 SC1 NCPs
    • Mentoring with the European Commission
    • Meet and Exchange workshops with Ideal-IST respectively with EEN
    • Information hub: All materials produced by the project will be accessible through the website, some information only for registered Health NCPs.
  • Contact:


ETNA Plus - NCPs for transport in Horizon2020

  • The overall objective of ETNA Plus is to foster innovation in trans-national cooperation in Transport with a focus on promoting the active participation of new actors and regions in EU research calls and projects. Transport NCPs are key players in this mechanism, but their role will be complemented and enhanced by the contribution of other relevant stakeholders, giving real added value both in terms of knowledge and expertise.
  • High level trainings are regularly organized by inviting experts on the concerned field. Necessary knowledge and skills to support your national clients and to organize your own national trainings and events are presented to you in an interactive way in order to multiply the impact.
  • Services:
    • Prepare NCP network for Horizon 2020;
    • Train NCPs with the tools developed, through specific training sessions, forums and specialised twinning;
    • Identify European and non-European transport innovation strategies, as well as the way they are implemented;
    • Identify funding opportunities to promote European trans-national transport research and innovation;
    • Compile all identified barriers of trans-national cooperation and recommend policy measures to remove barriers and encourage integration
  • Contact:


NCPs for Space


  • PeopleNetwork+ is an initiative co-funded by the European Commission. One of the aims of the project is the enhanced information of researchers from "non European countries" on possibilities to benefit from the Marie Curie actions. The different Marie Curie actions indeed provide a variety of opportunities for researchers and research organizations
  • Contact:

Environmental NCP together

  • This project is a set of coherent activities and tasks that will gather Environment NCP from EU member States and Associated States with the main goal to improve their services offered to potential proposers and to support integration of Environment NCPs from International Cooperation Countries with important research potential, where NCP or similar networks were established for dissemination of information on FP 7 were already set up.
  • The main objectives:
    • strengthened cooperation between NCPs across Europe by setting up new and effective communication means,
    • increased quality of services offered by NCPs to proposers with the aim to increase number and quality of project proposals submitted in response to FP 7 calls for proposals,
    • integration of other non-EU NCPs into the EU NCP network in order to increase mutual advantages for research and technological development between Europe and International Partners Cooperation Countries.
  • Contact: Viorel Vulturescu / Daniela Vasile


ICT NCPs Network

  • Ideal-ist is an international ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) network, with more than 65 ICT national partners from EU and Non-EU Countries, such as Associated States, Eastern European Partner Countries (EEPC) and Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPC) and emerging countries like China, Brazil, India, and South Africa.
  • Ideal-ist offers:
    • high expertise in proposal writing and project management : A network of over 65 National Contact Points (NCPs) in the ICT theme and organisations appointed by them are supporting proposers.
    • long-standing experience in EU Framework programmes (Ideal-ist was established 1996)
    • a unique quality labelled partner search tool to connect newcomers and experienced researchers
    • an international Quality team to support proposer e.g. to better focus proposals
    • Ideal-ist information services : Newsletter, press releases, Work Programm information
    • Brokerage events to pre-schedule meetings at big events
  • Ideal-ist supports Small and Medium enterprises (SMEs), Academia, Non-profit Organisations, larger Companies and public Administration, Newcomers, Research Organisations and consultancies in:
    • interpreting the ICT work programme of Horizon 2020
    • submitting project ideas in line with the Challenges & Objectives of Horizon 2020
    • finding the right partners for their project
    • joining as partners to other proposals
    • joining on-going projects via competitive calls launched by project coordinators
  • Contact:

Labs Explorer

  • Labs Explorer was launched in April 2016 and aims to help R&D teams to connect and collaborate
  • It provides a freely accesible search engine for research labs associated to an expertise marketplace
  • More than 100.000 labs, from private and academic organisations across 80 countries, are already referenced 
  • Services:
    • Find R&D partners: Explore, compare and connect with more than 100.000 labs worldwide
    • Show your expertise: List your lab and access new collaboration opportunities
    • Sell your services: Reach a whole new range of buyers for your services, products and facilities
  • Contact: I +33(0)185096479