26.04.2016 [News]

Belarus: Awareness raising campaign on the network of Horizon 2020 National Contact Points

Within the framework on the IncoNet EaP project an awareness raising and promotion campaign on the national network of Horizon 2020 NCPs started in Belarus. The main objectives of the campaign are the following:
  • To increase the visibility of the NCP network and its services within the national research community;
  • To inform the relevant state bodies and the NCP host organisations about the results of Belarus participation in Horizon 2020 in 2014-2015 and NCPs’ activities aimed at promoting participation and assisting the local players;
  • To discuss and draw attention of the state authorities and NCP host organisations to the challenges the NCPs meet and to jointly develop the realistic, workable proposals on how the NCP network could be supported at the national level; to communicate these proposals to the relevant state bodies;
  • To enhance the knowledge and skills of NCPs, support their regular activities by providing training and guidelines and promote their mobility and integration in NCP networks thus contributing to the quality of NCP services.

The campaign has started with the 3rd annual NCP meeting which, as opposed to the previous years, was organised in an open format. Besides NCPs, the event hosted representatives of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, EU International Technical Assistance Center in Belarus, administration of the NCP hosting research centers, universities and business associations and organisations which are interested to set up an NCP for H2020.

The materials and photos of the event that took place in Minsk on 1 April 2016 are available here.

The campaign also includes a training for NCPs to be held in Minsk in June and travel grants for participation in the NCP-related events organised by the European Commission and NCP thematic networks in May – July 2016, as well as publication of promotion materials and guidelines to assist NCPs in their daily activities.

Source: BelISA