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Background Information

The INCO Conference series provides an efficient platform for promoting collaborative research aiming to address common global challenges. These annual flagship events target primarily European and international cooperation experts and national contact points in international partner countries. The INCO conferences present a unique opportunity for NCPs from around the world to come together once a year to discuss problems, exchange experiences and formulate strategies on international cooperation and participation in European Framework Programmes.

The 1st INCO Conference took place in 2010 in Athens, with a regional focus on the Arabian Peninsula, the 2nd INCO Conference was held in Johannesburg in 2011 with a regional focus on Africa, the 3rd INCO Conference was held in 2012 in Bonn focusing on South-East Asia, the 4th INCO Conference was held in 2013 in Marseille focusing on both Latin America and the Mediterranean area, while the 5th conference was organised in Athens with a focus on the European Neighborhood Area.

The conference in Beijing is the 6th consecutive conference of the INCO conference series.


INCONTACT ( is the official project series of the supporting INCO NCPs and Experts. The project series aims to strengthen the position of European Institutions as important global research partners and Europe as an attractive place for top researchers from all over the World, and concurrently cement international partners’ strong interest to develop mutually-beneficial partnerships with Europe. INCONTACT 2020 (project number 609492), is funded by the European Commission under the FP7th Framework Programme and builds upon the acknowledged work of the previous INCONTACT projects. Its primary goal is the facilitation of the transitional period between FP7 and Horizon 2020 by organizing and expanding the established INCO experts network for operation under this new framework.

INCO National Contact Points

In Horizon 2020 the function of INCO NCPs in undertaken by the Horizon 2020 NCP Coordinators in International Partner Countries. INCONTACT 2020 facilitates this transitional period organizing and expanding the newly established INCO experts network for operation under the new framework.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

H2020 Societal Challenges: Global Figures and Facts