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Twinning Grants: IncoNet EaP supports 'Clustering of Scientific Projects and Institutions'

The IncoNet EaP 'Twinning Grants' supported collaboration between partners from EU Member Staes/ Associated Countries and partners from Eastern Partnership counries to jointly participate in Horizon2020 calls. Twinning is a core activity of IncoNet EaP and has a long tradition in Europe as a successful instrument in capacity building processes.

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Call information

Call Objectives

The main goal of the twinning action was to enhance mutual learning, to strengthen cooperation between the EU Member States/ Associated Countries and the Eastern Partnership countries and to plant the seed for sustainable scientific, technological and innovation EU-EaP projects. This goal was practically implemented through granting projects of twinning teams (see below), which ultimately supported the preparations for proposals for EU Horizon 2020 calls.

This call embraced three innovation related topics on societal challenges which were:

  1. Climate change
  2. Health
  3. Energy

Call Budget and Call Modalities

The total budget of the call in IncoNet EaP was EUR 144.000.

Twinning teams were supported with up to 10.000 EUR per application.

The grant could cover the following expenses:

  1. Travel expenses (flight and transport in economy/2nd class)
  2. Daily allowance/ accommodation
  3. Technical and/or logistical support for event preparation (e.g. organisation of workshops, catering)
  4. Temporary staff (e.g. students, junior scientists for the event preparation, data analysis etc.)

The budget did not cover salaries for permanent staff.
Co-financing of the proposed activities from own or attracted sources was welcomed.

All accounting must be in compliance with the applicable regulations of the European Union. Hence the eligibility of expenditures required the submission of the original invoices. For further advice was available here: Guide to Financial Issues relating to FP7 Indirect Actions as provided by the European Commission. 

Eligible Applicants and Project Consortium

Participants in the could be:

  • Project coordination and consulting organizations with experience in bilateral and multilateral cooperation between EU MS/AC and countries of the EaP
  • Universities
  • Research Institutes
  • Companies with RTD activity and expertise related to the scientific fields of the 3 Societal Challenges (see above)

A project consortium must comprise at least three partners who form a twinning team of which one partner was necessarily from an EU member state and one from a country of the EaP. One of the team members must be designated as 'Coordinator'. The budget was administered by a (the) European research institution within the twinning team. This institution (e.g. the coordinator of the project) was to be indicated in advance.

The Inco EaP project only supported proposals that imperatively included visits of 1-2 representatives of partner organisations to each other in order to strengthen long-term cooperation, discussion of project ideas, sharing skills and best practice and developing their staff.


Applications were accepted continuously until 31 March 2016 at the latest, as long as a funding budget in IncoNet EaP was available. Due to the great success of this call the budget was running out fast and is now exhausted (30 November 2015). Please be aware of our new call Grants & Coaching of EU-EaP Twinning Teams' (from 1 December 2015 until 15 January 2016)!


IncoNet EaP Central Information Office at

DLR Project Management Agency
European and International Cooperation
Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1
D-53227 Bonn | Germany

Maria Josten
phone: +49 228 3821-1415

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