National Contact Points

The vision of the ALCUE NET project is to create an effective, dynamic, proactive and sustainable network to encourage a closer cooperation between all National Contact Points in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.

The general goal is to promote and increase the participation of academia, companies and institutions in the H2020 program, in order to democratize the access opportunities  between the different countries of the region.

In order to reach these objectives, ALCUE NET engages in improving the communication among NCPs, train them on Horizon 2020 opportunities for LAC countries, consulting of LAC countries with no NCP structures and creating a NCP online platform.

What are National Contact Points and what is a NCP Network?

The NCP are professionals responsible for offering advice and information to all interested in participating in Horizon 2020 research and innovation programmes.

NCPs play a crucial role in the Horizon 2020 Program as providers of information and assistance to potential participants (applicants) for new projects and beneficiaries in on-going projects. They are appointed for each of the thematic areas of the H2020 Program as well as for cross-cutting areas of Legal and FInancial Aspects, SMEs, Marie Sklodowska-Curie, etc.

The NCP Network is formed by all NCPs officially appointed by a State through the main relevant institution involved in Science, Technology and innovation and recognized by the European Commission by official appointment.

The Latin America and Caribbean NCP Network

 The ALCUE NET Network organizes transnational workshops for the research community and train stakeholders to provide information and advice on the H2020 program.

  • Organize training sessions (face-to -face and virtual) and twinning for NCPs
  • Updates information on EU funding opportunities, relevant events, community policies and success stories in each thematic area through its website and via e-mail alerts.
  • Exchanges information, consolidates knowledge and held finding the right partners.
  • Promotes, assists, and monitors, the nomination of the National Contact Points.
  • Provides dissemination tools and information channels.
  • Organizes annual meetings of the NCP Latin America and Caribbean Network.
  • Organizes workshops and trainings - upon request- through Red CLARA.
  • Develops specific support guides to facilitate the participation of NCPs.
  • Manages the NCP platform for Latin America and Caribbean on its website
  • Provides support to countries in the region to build their internal NCP networks.
  • Provides mobility grants.

To find out more about the role, standards and principles of NCPs please see the European Commission's document on NCP guiding principles. For name and contact details of national NCPs, please consult the European Commission participant portal.

For further information please consult: Ministerio de Educación y Cultura: Claudia Romano

ALCUE NET Capacity building and international networking event in Montevideo

Information day on HORIZON 2020 Funding Opportunities and Project Participation in Lima

Information day on HORIZON 2020 Funding Opportunities and Project Participation in La Paz

ALCUE NET Yearly LAC NCP Meeting in Barbados 2015

Virtual conferences on Horizon 2020.

ALCUE NET Yearly LAC NCP meeting in Colombia 2016

2nd Virtual conferences on Horizon 2020.

ALCUE NET Yearly LAC NCP Meeting in Panamá 2017