SPI to train Horizon2020 National Contact Points in Eastern Europe

05 May 2014

Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI) was present in Minsk (Belarus) to provide training sessions for the Horizon 2020 National Contact Points in the Eastern Partnership countries. The recently launched Horizon 2020 Programme is the main initiative of the European Commission funding research and innovation. Within this programme, a budget of around € 80 billion will be allocated between 2014 and 2020 to support initiatives of institutions from member states of the EU, associated countries and third countries.
The National Contact Points (NCP) are H2020 representatives that are responsible for encouraging national participation in the programme and for providing administrative and technical support to the entities in their countries interested in participating in the programme. Since the NCP network in the countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) is still at an early stage of development, training is still needed at various levels, from administrative and financial aspects related to participation in H2020 up to technical and scientific aspects related to innovation management and technology transfer.
SPI was designated a training entity within the project, being an expert in the field and one of the most experienced Portuguese participants in various framework programmes of the European Commission in the field of research and development. The training was attended by 40 persons in charge of being NCPs in the countries of the Eastern Partnership. 
This initiative is part of the IncoNet-EaP project, promoted by an important international consortium that also includes SPI, and that aims at fostering cooperation in the field of science, technology and innovation between the member states of the European Union and the countries of the Eastern Partnership. This project is still running and is one of the last projects to be funded by the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, the predecessor programme of H2020 that reached an end in 2013.
The project will run until August 2016 and will include various initiatives such as training, dissemination and evaluation of public policies in the field of science-technology cooperation between the European Union and the countries in the Eastern Partnership.
For more information about the project, please visit http://www.inco-eap.net/