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The Network of National Contact Points (NCPs) for Space

A network of National Contact Points (NCPs) is the main structure to provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Horizon 2020.

In 2007, under FP7, the EU started funding an NCP Space network which was named COSMOS. The acronym stands for Continuation of Cooperation Of Space NCPs as a Means to Optimise Services. The term COSMOS originates from the Greek language and means orderly system. This is what the NCPs want to achieve within the project.

The main target of the COSMOS project, from its beginning during FP7 to the current COSMOS2020plus under Horizon 2020, is to allow NCPs to benefit from each other’s experience and thus raise the overall quality of their services. Additional information services are established like a joint website and a news service, providing information about Space and EU Framework Programme related topics. Furthermore, international information days in support of the European Commission are organised, with emphasis on bringing potential project partners together. Last but not least a country-independent helpdesk for EU framework Space research related questions is established.

Runtime:        June 2019 – July 2020
Partner:          NCPs from 22 countries
Coordinator:  DLR (DE)

Our Services

  • we organise information events on upcoming space topics in H2020 and other related programmes
  • we offer partnering sessions during our events and we guide you to relevant Partner Search Platforms
  • we provide a website with up-to-date information on relevant space topics, space-related news and events
  • we disseminate a newsletter helping you not to miss important events and development
  • we analyse evaluation results and the participation in H2020 Space calls and provide free access to the results
  • we connect you with your National Contact Point for Space

For more information about the NCP network, contact the COSMOS2020plus project coordinator:

Mr. Adrian Klein
National Contact Point for Space
DLR, Germany, Adrian.klein[@]
Tel.: +49 (0)228/447-213

Former Projects


COSMOS and COSMOS+ were the networks of National Contact Points for the Space theme under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research & Innovation. The objective of the project was to build a strong supportive network for the benefit of our clients. The space National Contact Points (NCP) shared good practice and joined training courses to improve their skills.

Towards their clients they offered an email based news service with up-to-date information on Space and neighbouring topics. COSMOS+ supported project partner search and developing common concepts to raise awareness for Space in the EU programmes and on the Space NCPs. Overall, a more balanced high quality NCP service was targeted for the benefit of new as well as experienced FP7 applicants. Last but not least COSMOS+ aimed to harmonise services offered by the participating Space NCPs.

COSMOS2020 was the continuation of the COSMOS and COSMOS+ projects under EU’s currently running Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research & Innovation. COSMOS2020plus is the further extension of COSMOS2020 for the period June 2019 – July 2020, and is the final extension within the Horizon 2020 Framework.

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Runtime: June 2008 – March 2012
Partner: NCPs from 35 countries
Coordinator: DLR (DE)

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Runtime: May 2012 – November 2014
Partner: NCPs from 20 countries
Coordinator: DLR (DE)

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Runtime: January 2015 – May 2019
Partner: NCPs from 23 countries
Coordinator: DLR (DE)