NCP_WIDERA.NET Project is a 3 years Coordination and Support Action financed by the European Commission established with the aim to empower the network of National Contact Points (NCP) for WIDERA* under the Horizon Europe Framework Programme.
NCP_WIDERA.NET overall objective is to support the capacity and effectiveness of WIDERA National Contact Points with a special attention to less experienced entities in low performing Member States (MS) and Associated Countries (AC) to bridge the knowledge gaps to enhance access to funding possibilities under the Framework Programme.
Through strengthening and enhancing the role of the NCPs, the project shall support international networking and coordination and improve the quality of proposals from legal entities from low R&I performing MS and AC ensuring them better access to services during the application process in particular with regard to Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area, as well as Pillar II actions.
NCP_WIDERA.NET will focus on identifying and sharing good practices within NCP community and raising standards of support offered by NCPs to the applicants, taking into account the diversity of actors that constitutes both the Widening and ERA parts. Moreover, this project will equip the transnational network of NCPs to be in a better position to effectively address will ensure cross-cutting objectives such as gender equality and open science. The objective will be reached using tailored measures targeted at improving NCPs’ capacities to deliver services of high-quality standards, enhancing transnational collaboration between NCPs and applicants, delivering complex information on WIDERA activities, and promoting the network.
*WIDERA NCPs is an umbrella name for the transnational network of National Contact Points (NCPs) for Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area under Horizon Europe.