The WIDESPREAD-05-2017 call is part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme dubbed “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation” (SEWP).
The specific challenge is to address networking gaps and deficiencies between the research institutions of the Widening countries and internationally-leading counterparts at EU level.
The Twinning project aims at strengthening a defined field of research in a university or research organisation from a Widening country by linking it with at least two internationally-leading research institutions in other Member States or Associated Countries. The list of Widening Countries include also Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.
Proposals will have to clearly outline the scientific strategy for stepping up and stimulating scientific excellence and innovation capacity in a defined area of research as well as the scientific quality of the partners involved in the twinning exercise. If relevant, any links with sustainable development objectives are to be outlined.
Such a strategy should include a comprehensive set of measures to be supported. These should include at least a number of the following: short term staff exchanges; expert visits and short-term on-site or virtual training; workshops; conference attendance; organisation of joint summer school type activities; dissemination and outreach activities.
In general, costs relating to administration, networking, coordination, training, management, travel costs are acceptable under a Twinning project. Therefore, for grants awarded under this topic the following cost categories will be ineligible costs: infrastructure costs; equipment; research costs (including consumables). Proposals may request a contribution from the EU of €1 million to allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.
- Increased research excellence of the coordinating institution in the particular field of research as a result of the twinning exercise.
- Enhancing the reputation, attractiveness and networking channels of the coordinating institution.
- Improved capability to compete successfully for national, EU and internationally competitive research funding.
- Illustrate quantitatively and qualitatively the expected potential impact of the twinning exercise within the coordinating institution (and possibly at regional/national level) based on indicators like expected future publications in peer reviewed journals, collaboration agreements with businesses, intellectual property, new innovative products or services.
The deadline for application is the 15th November 2017.
More information can be found at the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/widespread-05-2017.html