Potential participants in FP7 who are looking for support to prepare their involvement can turn to a broad network of national contact points (NCPs) established and financed by national governments. The NCP network provides personalised support in the participants' own languages in all EU Member States and Associated Countries.
The newly-appointed network of national contact points is a highly diverse structure and reflects the respective research landscapes, funding schemes and working methods that make up the framework conditions for each country's participation in FP7. National NCP networks can be centralised or decentralised and can include a wide variety of specialised actors, ranging from ministries and special agencies to universities, research centres and private consultancy companies.
Since NCPs are appointed not only for specific countries and regions, but also for each of the different areas of research and other activities within FP7, their support can be tailor-made to suit the needs and research interests of interested parties.
The exact form of support offered to a potential FP7 participant can therefore vary considerably, but will generally include the provision of guidance in choosing research themes and funding instruments, advice on administrative and contractual matters, training and assistance in proposal writing, documentation services and assistance in finding partners and building a project consortium.
The new 'Get Support' section of the 'Towards FP7' service has a complete list of the contact details for all national contact points for FP7. Potential participants in FP7 are thus provided with a comprehensive, easy to use access point for detailed support services in their country.
Details of support services available in countries outside the EU are also available.
The new NCP contact details are available on the CORDIS 'Towards FP7' service at the following address: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/get-support.htm
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