Cooperation Of Space NCPs as a Means to Optimise Services under Horizon 2020

Project Reference: 640163
Call:  H2020-COMPET-2014
Coordinator: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt


National Contact Points (NCPs) for Space provide support on Space funding under EU Framework programmes. In 2007 under FP7 the EU started funding an NCP Space network which was named COSMOS. This enabled the NCPs to benefit from each other’s experience and thus raise the level of the overall quality of their services. Additional services were established like a joint website and news service providing information about Space and EU Framework Programme related topics. Furthermore they organised international information days in support of the European Commission with emphasis on bringing potential project partners together. Last but not least they implemented a country independent helpdesk for EU framework Space research related questions. While the project partners are core of the network the full group comprises the other Space NCPs from EU member states and Associated Countries as well as Space contact points in international partner countries, mainly from Space faring nations.
Within COSMOS2020 the network activities are continued under Horizon 2020. Capacity building, information services, project partner search support and more activities will once again reinforce the cooperation of the NCPs and raise the overall quality level of services. This is even more important since their role as only official support entity was decided for Horizon 2020.


  • Dienst voor Wetenschappelijke en Technische Informatie – Service d'information scientifique et technique, Belgium
  • Space Research and Technology Institute, Bulgaria
  • Verein Euresearch, Switzerland
  • Research Promotion Foundation, Cyprus
  • Technologické centrum Akademie věd České republiky, Czech Republic
  • Sihtasutus Eesti Teadusagentuur, Estonia
  • Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece
  • Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial, Spain
  • Centre national d'études spatiales, France
  • Aerospace Valley, France
  • Matimop, Israeli Industry Center for Research & Development, Israel
  • The Icelandic Centre for Research, Iceland
  • Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea, Italy
  • Mokslo, inovaciju ir technologiju agentura, Lithuania
  • Rīgas Tehnisk universitate, Latvia
  • Instytut Podstawowych Problemow Techniki Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Poland
  • Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal
  • Romanian Space Agency, Romania
  • Ministrstvo za izobrazevanje, znanost in sport, Slovenia
  • Centrum vedecko-technických informácií Slovenskej republiky, Slovakia
  • Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştırma Kurumu, Turkey
  • The Technology Strategy Board, United Kingdom

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          Project details

          Start Date: 2015-01-01
          End Date:   2018-01-01
          EU Contribution:
          EUR 2 071 615
          Total Costs:
          EUR 2 185 150
          Funding Scheme:
          Coordination & support action
          Topic: COMPET-11-2014 - Transnational and international cooperation among NCPs
          Funded under: H2020-EU.