Bilateral visits

The aim of the bilateral visits is to transfer knowledge and experience on day-to-day activities of NCPs, mainly aiming at strengthening an efficient supporting system for NCPs to serve the various stakeholders.

The bilateral visits mean that two or more NCPs pair up for a visit, to get to know each others' organisations and day-to-day work. There can also be cooperation in organising joint workshops and specific trainings (e.g. joint training sessions  for researchers) as well as exchange of useful material (e.g. presentations).

Eighteen bilateral visits are planned, each of them taking minimum 1,5 day. The task is be open to all Science with and for Society NCPs (members of the Consortium and Associated Partners) no matter how experienced they are but more focus will be put on new comers who will benefit from change of best practices and capacity building. Visits among more than two NCPs are encouraged, as they also provide an opportunity of a creative and frutiful NCP interaction.

Process for planning bilateral visits:

Step 1. The task leader invites all Science with and for Society NCPs to submit proposals for Bilateral Visits in the given template by the specified cut-off dates. Each NCP can submit several proposals for Bilateral Visits.

Step 2. Each pair of NCPs (host and visitor) submits a proposal to the Task Force composed by the Task Leader (CY) and Task support (HR) describing a framework of cooperation, planned activities and output of visit.

Step 3. The Task Force evaluates the proposals according to the planned output and expected impact of the cooperation.

Step 4. The Task Leader is responsible for administering the visits and informing all NCP pairs who submitted proposals on the selection results. Pairs that have not been selected can resubmit their proposal.

Step 5. The task will be fulfilled in two connected ways – bilateral visits followed by online communication. Every pair of NCPs has to provide a report about the visit to the Task Force. These bilateral working visits work towards enhancing capacity building and also strengthen the  NCP network, especially  through exchange of  best practices  and the enhancement of competence of the less experienced NCPs. Additionally, this provides an opportunity for promotion of the upgraded NCP service.