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Twinning Grants: IncoNet CA supports 'Twinning between Research Institutions'

Our 'Twinning Grants' support collaboration with your partners to jointly participate in Horizon2020 calls. Twinning is a core activity of IncoNet CA and has a long tradition in Europe as a successful instrument in capacity building processes. Because of the great success of this call, the funds were running out fast. The call is now closed; for any queries please visit our website frequently or contact us by e-mail.

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Call Information

Call Objectives

The main goal of the twinning action is to enhance mutual learning, to strengthen cooperation between the EU member states and the countries of Central Asia and to plant the seed for sustainable scientific, technological and innovation EU-CA projects. This goal shall be practically implemented through granting projects of twinning teams (see below), which will ultimately support the preparations for proposals for EU HORIZON 2020 calls.

This call will embrace three innovation related topics on societal challenges which are:

  1. Climate change
  2. Health
  3. Energy

Call Budget and Call Modalities

The total budget of the call in IncoNet CA is EUR 85.000.

Twinning teams will be supported with up to 10.000 EUR per application.

The grant can cover the following expenses:

  1. Travel expenses (air and train/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)

The budget will not cover salaries for permanent staff.

Co-financing of the proposed activities from own or attracted sources is welcomed.

All accounting must be in compliance with the applicable regulations of the European Union. Hence the eligibility of expenditures requires the submission of the original invoices. For further advice please also refer to the Guide to Financial Issues relating to FP7 Indirect Actions as provided by the European Commission.

Eligible Applicants and Project Consortium

Participants in the call can be:

  • Project coordination and consulting organisations with experience in bilateral and multilateral cooperation between EU MS/AC and CA countries
  • Universities
  • Research Institutions
  • 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 is necessarily from an EU member state and one from a Central Asian country. One of the team members must be designated as 'Coordinator'. The budget will be administered by a (the) European research institution within the twinning team. This institution (e. g. the coordinator of the project) is to be indicated in advance.

The Inco CA project will only support proposals that imperatively include visits of 1-2 representatives of partner organizations to each other in order to strengthen long-term cooperation, discussion of project ideas, sharing skills and best practice and developing their staff.


In order to offer a quick and flexible approach the call will be continuously open from May 2014 until March 2016. The duration of a project is 12 months maximum.


Applications were accepted continuously until 31 March 2016 at the latest, as long as a funding budget in IncoNet CA was available.

This call was closed on 11 September 2015 as the funding budget had been exhausted. A new call for a restricted number of grants will be announced soon; for any queries please visit this website frequently or contact us by e-mail.


IncoNet CA Central Information Office at

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

Dr Hendrik Meurs
phone: +49 228 3821-1944