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Teaming aims to address geographical disparities in the European research and innovation field by trying to build up a critical mass of science and centres with sufficient competence to engage countries and regions strategically in a path of innovative growth. This will be achieved by building on partnerships between leading scientific institutions and low performing partners that display the willingness to engage.
Teaming will involve two (2) parties: an institution of research and innovation excellence (public or private) or a consortium of such institutions and the participant organisation from a low performing Member State (for example a national or regional authority, or a research agency at national or regional level; the presence of a local partner research institution is encouraged as it could provide additional relevance to the teaming process). Both parties will be required to sign the grant agreement. The coordinator of the project should be the participant organisation from the low performing Member State.
Teaming actions will be selected for funding through a two-stage process: 1) Business Plan development and 2) Framework Partnership Agreement with the highest ranked proposals from the first stage.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 0.2 and 0.5 million for Stage 1 and between EUR 15 and 20 million for Stage 2 would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.