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First projects selected for funding under Phase 1 of H2020 Teaming Instrument to help close the gap in research excellence in EU

On 30 January, 2015,the European Commission has announced the first "Teaming" grant holders. "Teaming" is a new scheme under Horizon 2020 aiming at bridging the research excellence gap between Member States and strengthening competitiveness and growth across Europe. The grants awarded are designed to help countries with lower research excellence rankings to improve research performance and increase investment.

  • Posted on: 02.02.2015
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The first Teaming projects selected for funding will be led by research institutions or agencies as well as national or regional authorities. In phase 1 of this action, the projects will receive up to €500,000 each (€14.5 million in total) to prepare operational plans for new Centres of Excellence or for upgrading existing one.

With funding from Horizon 2020, 31 projects from such countries have now been selected to prepare operational plans for new Centres of Excellence by teaming up with outstanding institutions from all over Europe.  For example, a Slovenian institute is teaming up with the Karolinska Institute in Sweden in an effort to create a Centre of Excellence in the area of medical innovation. Another successful proposal involves an effort by a Bulgarian institute to establish a Centre of Excellence in sustainable bio-based technologies in partnership with the Max Planck Society in Germany.

Selected projects from Danube region


Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology: PlantaSYST - Establishment of a Centre of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology for the translation of fundamental research (Medicine, Life Sciences);

Institute of Information and Communication: MAC - Mathematical Modelling and Advanced Computing (ICT);

Czech Republic:

TUL: NANOMATCON - Multifunctional Nanoparticles and Materials Controlled by Structure (Physics & Chemistry)

Brno University of Technology: ADWICE - Advanced Wireless Technologies for Clever Engineering (ICT)

Institute of Physics ASCR, v. v. i. (FZU): HiLASE CoE - HiLASE Centre of Excellence (Physics & Chemistry)


Hungarian Intellectual Property Office: smartpolis - Budapest Smart City Centre of Excellence (Social Science, Economics and institutional development)

National Innovation Office: EPIC - Centre of Excellence in Production Informatics and Control (ICT)

National Innovation Office: U-MOLMEDEX - Creating the Hungarian Centre of Excellence for Molecular Medicine (Medicine, Life Sciences)


National Agency for Cadastre and Land Registration: CENTRIC - Centre for Excellence in Territorial management and Cadastre (Social Science, Economics and institutional development)


University of Novi Sad: ANTARES - Centre of Excellence for Advanced Technologies in Sustainable Agriculture and Food  Security (Agriculture & Food)


University of Ljubljana: ARTEMIDA - Advanced Regional Translation of Excellence into Medical Innovations for Delayed Aging (Medicine, Life Sciences)

University of Primorska: InnoRenew CoE - Renewable materials and healthy environments research and innovation centre of  excellence (Physics & Chemistry)

Slovak Republic:

Slovak Academy of Sciences: CEMEA - Building-up Centre of Excellence for advanced materials application (Physics & Chemistry)

STU: SlovakION -  Slovak Centre of Excellence in Ion Beam and Plasma Technologies for Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology (Physics & Chemistry)

Trenčianska univerzita Alexandra Dubčeka v Trenčíne: FunGLASS - Centre for functional and surface-functionalized glasses (Physics & Chemistry)

NFC – Forest Research Institute: LignoSilva - Centre of Excellence of Forest-based Industry (Agriculture & Food)

For more information about the projects please download the

» List of Projects «

For more information please visit EU Commission's website.



Teaming is an important part of the EU's effort to unlock Europe's potential in research and innovation. Eligible Member states under Teaming include all those that joined the EU after 2004 plus Portugal and Luxembourg, as well as eight of the non-EU countries associated to Horizon 2020. Teaming will help them to start new collaborations, build new scientific networks and seize new market opportunities.

All projects are selected by independent experts following standard Horizon 2020 procedures. The action has two steps. Funding in Phase 1 is provided to develop a ‘business plan’ for the future centre. In phase 2, up to ten of these projects could then be selected for further support to implement the centre, following a competitive review process. The funding for the first step proposals (31 selected out of 169 submitted) reached €14.5 million and around €87 million is currently foreseen for Phase 2. Synergies between Teaming and the Cohesion policy may also allow projects in Phase 2 to use structural funding available to support the implementation of Centres of Excellence and fund infrastructure and large equipment not funded by Teaming grants.

Under Horizon 2020, the EU's research funding programme, a strong packet of measures with up to €800 million in funding will be available for widening participation of low-research performing Member States. Such actions include Teaming, Twinning (institutional networking that includes support on staff exchanges, expert advice and assistance), as well as special awards like the new ERA Chairs instrument (IP/14/125).

More information in the documents attached.

S&T field/scope: H2020 general | Affilation and Pillar: Research and innovation community | Geographical focus: Danube Region, EU Member States

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