Building on the three existing NCP networks of Cluster 4 ‘Digital, Industry and Space’, proposals should facilitate trans-national co-operation amongst National Contact Points (NCPs), encouraging cross-border activities, sharing good practices and raising the general standard of support to programme applicants. Given the importance of human-centric approaches in this cluster, the proposal should attract new types of player to the cluster, for instance social innovation players, makers and youth associations. Appropriate expertise from social sciences and humanities (SSH) should be included.
-Enhanced and professional NCP services in Europe’s respective thematic areas would support access to Horizon Europe calls, lower entry barriers for newcomers, and improve the overall quality of proposals
-Facilitation of entry by new players in projects within thematic areas
-Foster matchmaking activities to link up potential participants from widening countries with emerging consortia in this thematic area
-Increase cooperation of NCPs with the Enterprise Europe Network
-Develop specialised services covering different thematic areas of the cluster, drawing on the expertise of the predecessor networks
-Improved cohesion of the services in the three thematic areas of Digital, Industry and Space, with a single entry point and common visual identity
-Share good practices across thematic areas, and enhance opportunities for collaboration across the cluster