Call for proposals 2021 - Horizon Europe - Capacity-building and transnational cooperation for National Contact Points (NCPs) HORIZON-EIC-2021-NCP-01 Closed!


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.

The expected outcomes are:

  • 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.


This call covers the following topics:

  • HORIZON-EIC-2021-NCP-01-01: Capacity-building and transnational cooperation for National Contact Points (NCPs)

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 4,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 18 May 2021 - 5 months ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Work Programme 2021 (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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