Net4Mobility+ is a 36 months Coordination and Support Action financed by the European Commission established with the aim to empower the network of National Contact Points (NCP) for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.
The overall objective is to facilitate transnational cooperation among NCPs for MSCA, upgrade their skills and tools in order to raise their standard of support, identifying and sharing good practices across MSCA in close collaboration with other EU networks. More in detail Net4Mobility+ aims:
- to enhance competences of the MSCA NCP network through tailored activities jointly developed by the project consortium, helping its members to acquire and enhance knowledge and skills, to gain experience useful during their daily work at the national, regional or local level;
- to support the MSCA NCPs from the “widening countries” by providing activities and means useful at the proposal preparation stage, helping to raise the quality of grant applications as well as supporting their capacity to attract researchers, collaborators and funding;
- to increase visibility of the MSCA NCP support to potential beneficiaries and stakeholders representing different organisations, sectors and scientific fields, located in Europe and beyond. Information provided via various means aims to simplify their access to practical information, knowledge and practices.
The overall structure of the Net4Mobility+ is divided into 5 Work Packages (WPs) which will be implemented through the 36 months of the project’s duration. The WPs aim at receiving the impacts foreseen within the project and are as follow:
WP1 “Project management”: project’s coordination activities, guaranteeing an efficient administrative and financial project management, ensuring at the same time a functional internal and efficient external communication both within the project and the EC;
WP2 “Capacity Building”: WP2 is devoted to updating the MSCA NCP network on MSCA specific issues, and to evaluating the contribution of the project activities to improving the NCPs services;
WP3 “Enhancing Competencies”:This WP aims to strengthen knowledge and complementary skills of the NCPs. An excellent NCP knows the hard facts and figures and details of call results to provide clients with updated information on MSCA and related H2020 rules, and help them prepare successful applications;
WP4 ”Widening Participation”: Work Package 4 will focus on helping institutions and researchers from the “widening countries” to increase their participation and prepare more high-quality applications to MSCA calls;
WP5 “Promotion and external networking”: The goal of this WP is to widely promote NCP services and project outputs among the world research community and other networks in order to increase visibility of the MSCA among potential beneficiaries and simplify their access to H2020 calls.
The project expected impact is to enhance access to Horizon 2020 calls, lower the entry barriers for newcomers to the MSCA, and raise the average quality of proposals submitted, by enabling NCPs to deliver better services to applicants across the EU and globally.