Networks of Excellence - NoE
"Network of Excellence" is a possible funding scheme within FP7 designed for research organisations willing to combine and functionally integrate in a durable way a substantial part of their activities and capacities in a given field, with a view to creating in this field a European virtual centre of research.
These institutions implemente within the project a "Joint Programme of Activities" (JPA) based on the integrated and complementary use of resources from entire research units, departments, laboratories or large teams. This goes beyond the kind of cooperation associated with single projects, in terms of the range of objectives, number of researchers, volume of activities, depth and duration of the cooperation. The implementation of this Joint Programme of Activities will require a formal commitment from the organisations integrating part of their resources and their activities.
In addition to common research activities, and closely linked with them, the Joint Programme of Activities could include, where appropriate, training, dissemination and communication activities.