Network of National Contact Points (NCPs)
The network of National Contact Points is the main structure to provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in FP7.
What is the NCP network?
NCPs are national structures established and financed by governments of the 27 EU member states and the states associated to the framework programme. NCPs give personalised support on the spot and in proposers' own languages.
The NCP systems in the different countries show a wide variety of architectures, from highly centralised to decentralised networks, and a number of very different actors, from ministries to universities, research centres and special agencies to private consulting companies. This reflects the different national traditions, working methodologies, research landscapes and funding schemes.
Other support services
FP7 support services
- Enquiry Service (A service provided by the Europe Direct Contact Centre)
Ask your questions about any aspect of European research in general and the EU ResearchFramework Programmes in particular. Your enquiry will be logged in a database to ensure that you get a response as quickly as possible and then passed through to the relevant department for expert handling.
This service replaces the traditional Help Desk email service.
NB: it will provide no answers related to forgotten passwords (for experts, proposals, etc.), the technical aspects of proposal submission, or IT problems (there will be specific help via the submission system (EPSS) pages).
IGLO - Informal Group of RTD Liaison Offices
is an informal association of Brussels-based non-profit R&D Liaison Offices. The aim of IGLO is to facilitate and enhance the interaction, information exchange and co-operation between Members of IGLO, their national research systems and the European institutions on issues related to EU R&D, in particular, the Framework Programmes.
- CORDIS Mini-Guide makes the most of the service's many benefits
:: Non FP7 specific support services
Under FP6 project RegionERA (Project title: Regional Network for Support of Scientific and Technological Co-operation between European Union and Russian Regions) The Regional Information Point for S&T cooperation with the EU (Voronezh State University, Russia) published the Guidance for Russian Participants in the Seventh EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) in Russian language.
To prepare the Guidance the CBS RIP examined and analyzed more then 130 information resources. Among them the main EC normative documents on FP7 and ERA, foreign publications similar to the CBS RIP Guidance on FP7 (example, McCarthy “How to negotiate, manage and administer a Framework 5 and Framework 6 contracts”), official web-sites (EUROPA, CORDIS, FP7 etc.) and statistical data (EUROSTAT, OECD, UNESCO). The CBS RIP practical experience helped to make the Guidance really useful and adjust the existing information for the Russian potential FP7 participants.
The structure of the Guidances:
1. On the way to common research space of Russia and EU
2. General information on FP7
2.1. Aims, objectives, budget
2.2. Specific programmes and themes
2.3. Funding schemes
2.4. Who can participate. Specific conditions for Russian participants
2.5. The main information sources
3. From idea to project
3.1. Search for FP7 calls. FP7 information package documents. How to cope with
3.2. Partner search. How to become a consortium member
3.3. Distribution of roles in a consortium
4. Project proposal writing
4.1. Part B – proposal text
4.2. Financial aspects
4.3. Intellectual property rights aspects
4.4. Part A – legal information
4.5. Electronic Proposal Submission System(EPSS)
4.6. Proposal evaluation. Evaluation criteria
5. Major steps of project life
5.1. Grant agreement and project start
5.2. Reporting and audit
5.3. End of a project
- The main information sources - useful links
- List of successful FP6 projects with Russian participation
- Examples of successful FP6 projects with Russian participation
- Articles from newspaper “Poisk” on the issues of Russia – EU S/T cooperation within FP7
To receive the Guidlines by post as a hard copy please e-mail:
Voronezh Universitetskaya pl, 1
Voronezh State University
Phone/Fax: +7-(4732)-20-75-26, +7-(4732)-227-037