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 Europe.
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 COSMOS4HE under Horizon Europe, 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: July 2022 – August 2025
Partner: NCPs from 16 countries
Coordinator: IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS (FORTH/PRAXI Network) – Greece