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Spreading excellence and widening participation

Teaming, Twinning, ERA chairs and COST

The aim of the independent pillar "Spreading excellence and widening participation" is to maximise investment in research and innovation to enable the European Union to function in a more streamlined and homogeneous way, allowing the individual strengths of each Member State to be optimised.

UiB researchers who have solid research partnerships with one of the countries listed below (for example though a successful EEA grant http://www.uib.no/foransatte/102422/eea-grants) are strongly encouraged to explore this program in more depth

The work program lists four specific areas: Teaming, Twinning, ERA chairs and COST.

Coordinators for Teaming, Twinning and ERA chairs proposals must be from one of the following countries:

Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemboug, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia or from the associated countries Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Former Yugoslavic Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Turkey and Ukraine.  Tunisia, Georgia and Armenia are new elligible countries for the upcoming calls.

Teaming: establishment of new centres of excellence in one of the countries listed above. The application consists of 2 steps:

-phase 1  a business plan that demonstrates the potential of the future center in conjunction with smart specialitsation plans for the region/country (12 months) - this call closed in 2016

-phase 2 selection of successful consortia to build the center, funding will be given for 5-7 years

Twinning: Internationally leading research institutions can mentor a partner institution in a low R&I performing country for the duration of 3 years. Funded activities could be: expert visits, joint workshops, summer schools.  The next deadline will be 15.11.2017

ERA chairs: hiring of high quality personnel to implement structural changes necessary to achieve excellence on a sustainable base. Duration 5 years. ERA chair holders are now also allowed to have a part-time commitment at their new institution. The grant does not cover costs for infrastructure and research.

A useful tool for these calls is the Smart Specialisation platform launched by the EU and publications by the NCP Wide-Net- a network of National Contact points for this program http://www.ncpwidenet.eu/publications/?cmd=downloads&sort=asc&order=name&type=5

For COST actions, please see our separate information pages.

For inquiries about this Work Programme, please contact Anja Hegen.