Pre-anouncement: New round of Call for Twinning Projects
The IncoNet EaP project will launch a 3rd call for proposals for 'Twinning Grants': Due to the recent association of Armenia and Georgia to Horizon 2020 and taking into consideration the success of the first two calls, a new round of twinning among projects will open in early and close at the end of September 2016. The intention is to boost the participation of the newly associated countries in Horizon 2020 consortia, but the call will also be open to Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine.
Within 'The International Cooperation Network for Eastern Partnership Countries' (IncoNet EaP) project, a third call for proposals for'Twinning Grants' will be launched in early September 2016.
This funding instrument represents one of the core project activities and has so far been implemented very successfully in two rounds.
Within the first call, 16 proposals were submitted and 11 projects have been funded. Several Horizon 2020 project proposals have been elaborated so far. By now, 1 of these proposals was selected for funding. Within the second call, 7 submitted proposals were found eligible and 4 projects have been funded.
Even in those cases where no project proposals have so far been submitted, the instrument of the twinning grants has generally been very much welcomed. The grants are seen as a very efficient tool for consortia building and commencing sustainable international scientific collaboration projects. At the same time, this instrument is very efficient and easy to handle and the administrative burden is low.
Due to the new developments in the EaP region (signature of Association Agreements to Horizon 2020 of Georgia/ April 2016 and Armenia/ May 2016) and taking into consideration the success of the first two calls, a new round of twinning among projects shall be started. The intention is to boost the participation of newly associated countries in Horizon 2020 consortia.
At the same time, the call will be open to the other Eastern Partnership countries as well (apart from Armenia and Georgia, these are: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine). The new twinning projects will receive financial support for the organisation of preparatory meetings of research teams wishing to apply for Horizon 2020 funding.
Successful twinning projects will address open or forthcoming calls in the 2016-2017 Work Programmes for Energy, Climate Change and Health.
The support will be given in the form of lump sums of 2,000 Euro for each twinning project.
The grants may be used for costs related to the organisation of preparatory workshops and meetings, including for travel costs.
The timeline will be:
- Publication: early September 2016
- Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2016
- Duration of projects: 15 October until 30 November 2016
- Payment of lump sums: November 2016
The call will be published on this website as well as on the web portal incrEAST in early September.