It can be difficult to find research partners to work with on European bids, however, there are some excellent resources available to assist researchers in finding partners to work with in Horizon 2020. Please find these resources listed below.
National Contact Points: The NCP’s are there to support you when applying for Horizon 2020 funding. There is a NCP for each area (including Marie Curie Actions) and they can offer you advice and guidance, verify your project idea to ensure it fits the call theme, and also help you find partners.
CORDIS Partner Service: This is one of the largest databases of partner information. This database includes partner profiles (you can upload your own), partnership requests, project proposals and partners offering collaboration.
ICT Idealist Partner Search: Ideal-ist is an international ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) network, with more than 70 ICT national partners from EU and Non-EU Countries, such as Associated States, Eastern European Partner Countries (EEPC) and Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPC) and emerging countries like China, Brazil, India, and South Africa.
Net4Society: this features partner search requests in the socio-economic sciences and humanities
Nanosciences and nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production technologies Partner search: The NMP TeAm partner search facility has been established by the network on NMP NCPs in order to offer best support to its clients. This web service is strictly focused on the open calls for proposals of the key enabling technologies
Fit for Health:This service includes partner search activities and advice and support for researchers looking to participate in health-oriented projects.
LinkedIn: There are several partner finding groups on Linkedin such as ‘Find a Horizon 2020 partner’ and ‘EU Projects Partner search’.
Previously awarded bids: Project details are published on CORDIS after the negotiation and the signature of the grant agreement between the European Commission and the beneficiaries. All proposals funded under FP7 are available to view on line and have the PI listed. You could email the PI from a relevant project and outline your idea to see if they are interested in collaborating.