network project

Cooperation and activities for all SwafS NCPs

The project is a network of NCPs for the Science with and for Society programme of Horizon 2020. The project is managed by 16 beneficiaries and is targeted to all nationally nominated SwafS NCPs.

The project focuses on cooperation and networking, best practice sharing and NCP training for the Science with and for Society programme.

The current project phase, 3,  is divided into 4 work packages. All information about the tasks, deliverables and responsible partners can be found under each work package in the menu on the right.


The main objective of the project is to share best practices among NCPs in order to improve the operation of each Science with and for Society NCP so they will be better equipped to provide more effective and better quality services to organisations participating in Horizon 2020 all over Europe and beyond. This will result in a more consistent, improved and professionalised level of NCP support services across Europe and in all Horizon 2020 participant countries, taking into account the wide variety of NCP system structures in different countries.

Concept and Approach

The 3 concept and approach behind the main objective focuses on the following four main aspects and support measures, keeping the concept simple, yet as efficient and relevant as possible:

  1. Sharing, mutual learning and capacity building for the diverse network of Science with and for Society NCPs, through mutual learning and exchange of best practices in groups, in particular through trainings and network meetings, as well as at individual level, through good practice fact sheets, newcomer welcoming packages and staff exchange visits. Mapping of NCP experience and NCP needs is a vital component to focus this objective further, not forgetting the need for knowledge in the wider area of EU policy in the field.
  2. Further mobilisation of stakeholders, respecting the diversity of Science with and for Society players and the essentially cross-cutting nature of RRI actions. Activities will be aimed at overall new recruitment of potential participants in the programme; reaching stakeholders such as SMEs and CSOs, as well as industry. Special effort will be made to reach stakeholders and potential participants in countries with low level of participation in the programme until now, member states, associated countries as well as third countries to H2020.
  3. Impact is an important objective of the proposal and special effort will be put into analysing impact of the activities so far, both towards NCPs and stakeholders, in order to develop the network towards the next FP, Horizon Europe, in the most effective way. Additional impact will be reached through close cooperation with other NCP networks and the larger SwafS community and to continue to lead stakeholders together, inform them about the programme and provide further networking possibilities in order to rach the SwafS/RRI goals.
  4. Focus on visibility through dedicated communication activities with emphasis on Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society objectives, in order to educate NCPs in the different dimensions of Responsible Research and Innovation and to integrate important objectives and outcomes into policy discussion at EU and national levels. The aim of the linked activities is to enhance visibility of the programme to stakeholders, policy makers and the media through several outreach activities. Policy making will be a special focus in the transition to the follow-up FP and SwafS success stories will be highlighted. In addition, the objective focuses on internal and external communication of the project and internal communication within the network of NCPs.


The 3 project is coordinated by The Icelandic Centre for Research - RANNIS and funded by Horizon 2020 under grant agreement 857769. 

Information about the project partnership, beneficiaries and associated partners can be found here.