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Description of the network activities

RICH Europe will be implemented by a consortium of 11 officially nominated NCP organizations from 10 EU Member States and 1 candidate Associated Country. The Consortium has an excellent representation of Widening countries (more than half of the partners) are from Widening countries) as well as experienced and less experienced NCPs. The project, in its 7 years duration, will address four major target groups:

  • NCPs for Research Infrastructures,
  • applicants in Horizon Europe RIs calls,
  • Research Infrastructures and Academia,
  • Industries and SMEs.

RICH Europe activities have been designed to:

  • raise the general standard of support to programme applicants by enhancing NCPs knowledge and capacities and building a more professionalised and collaborative NCPs community,
  • enhance the quality of knowledge of RIs stakeholders about EU RIs calls & programme and raise their awareness about the trans-national and virtual access opportunities to research infrastructures,
  • lower the entry barriers for newcomers, with a focus on widening countries,
  • mainstream RIs in HE with a special focus on Clusters and the EIC programmes,
  • foster cooperation among RIs at European and international levels, and between RIs and the local/regional socio-economic ecosystem.

During the lifetime of the project, RICH Europe will support NCPs, researchers and stakeholders with webinars, online and onsite training, RI thematic meetings, promotion of TA/VA to Research Infrastructures, information about the last novelties in RI fields.