NCP - National contact point

The FWO has been appointed as a National Contact Point (NCP) within the European Union's Framework Programme “Horizon 2020”.

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument im­plementing the Innovation Union. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of approximately 77 billion euro, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation will:

  • strengthen the EU’s position in science, providing a boost to top-level research in Europe
  • strengthen industrial leadership in innovation
  • address major concerns shared by all Europeans

The FWO has accepted to act as NCP for the following programmes:

As NCP, the FWO has the objective to ensure that the Flemish research community is timely and adequately informed about upcoming calls. The FWO also supports researchers in the preparation and follow-up of their application. The main goal is to increase the participation and success rate of the Flemish researchers in Horizon 2020.

National Contact Points are national structures established and financed by governments of the 28 EU member states and the states associated to the framework programme. NCPs give personalised support on the spot and in proposers’ own languages. Moreover, they act as an information hatch between the researchers, the European Commission and the European Liaison Officers (ELO) in the universities and other scientific institutes.

  •  NCPs assist researchers with issues related to the programme:
  • Guidance on choosing thematic priorities and instruments
  • Advice on administrative procedures and contractual issues
  • Training and assistance on proposal writing
  • Distribution of documentation (forms, guidelines, manuals etc.)
  • Assistance in partner search

Researchers can also contact the European Liaison Officers (ELO) in the Flemish universities and other scientific institutes for all kinds of information and support regarding Horizon 2020.


In particular, the ELO assist researchers with issues related to the host institution:

  • Human resources
  • Budgetary matters
  • Host institution eligibility
  • Proofreading of proposals
  • Ethics review
  • Any other administrative issue