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    Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation SEWP

    There are significant disparities in research and innovation performance between the different EU Member States(MS) and Associated Countries(AC). Consequently Horizon 2020 introduced the SEWP Programme implementing specific measures for spreading excellence and widening participation through engaging organisations of those countries (dubbed “Widening countries”) which could commit more towards the EU research and innovation effort.
    The Widening countries are: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia,  Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine.
    There are three main measures in the SEWP Work Programme 2018-2020 are:

    -Twinning aims at strengthening a defined field of research at a research organisation in an Widening country by linking it with at least 2  leading partners in an MS or AC.

    -Teaming will invest in Europe’s research and innovation potential through supporting the creation of new (or upgrading of existing) Centres of Excellence in a Widening country on the basis of a partnerships with at least one internationally leading institution in a MS or AC.

    -ERA Chairs will bring outstanding researchers to universities and other research organisations in a Widening country to help them attract, maintain and increase high quality human resources and implement the structural changes necessary to achieve excellence on a sustainable basis.

    Key Information

    Swiss eligibility:                       Switzerland is fully associated to Horizon 2020 
    Horizon 2020 Funding:           Participant Portal
    Topic search:                           Find your topic
    List of topics for 2020:            SEWP Topic Preview 2020
    Types of projects, eligibility:   Factsheet

    Your Contact

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    Cornelia Spycher

    Network Office

    Member of the Management Board

    National Contact Point (NCP):
    •Spreading Excellence & Widening Participation
    Belpstrasse 11
    3007 Bern
    Tel.: +41 31 380 60 05

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