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Teaming is an EU flagship scheme of the Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation Programme.

The Teaming action supports the creation of new Centres of Excellence or the upgrade of existing ones in low Research & Innovation performing Member States and Associated Countries, the ‘Widening countries’, on the basis of strategic partnerships with internationally leading institutions, ‘Advanced partners’.

To amplify their territorial impact, Centres of Excellence across Europe must secure complementary funding from the structural funds or other sources. Once established, the Centres of Excellence will function as lighthouses with far reaching impact and role models for attracting the best talents. Furthermore, they will demonstrate the success of modern governance and management, and stimulate reforms in the national R&I environment of the Widening countries.

Teaming projects

KIOS Centre of Excellence (Cyprus) - Legacy Horizon 2020

The KIOS Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence is the largest research centre in Cyprus in the area of ICT, carrying out cutting-edge research on intelligent critical infrastructure.

Funded by the European Commission’s Teaming action, in collaboration with Imperial College London and an ERC Synergy Grant, the KIOS CoE develops tools and technologies that can have a significant impact on society.

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President von der Leyen visits the KIOS Centre of Excellence at the University of Cyprus

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KIOS Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence (Grant Agreement 739551) on CORDIS

Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence (Latvia) - Legacy Horizon 2020

The Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence project is based on the long-term strategic cooperation between Riga Technical University Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis, Rīga Stradiņš University and LLC Rīga Stradiņš University Institute of Stomatology, on the one hand (‘Widening’ partners), and AO Research Institute Davos, Switzerland and Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen- Nuremberg, Germany, on the other hand (‘Advanced’ partners).

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President Von der Leyen visits Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence

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Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence (Grant Agreement 857287) on CORDIS

ERA Chairs

ERA Chairs focus on Institutional changes and increase of research capacity. They support universities or research organisations from eligible countries to attract and maintain high quality human resources and help excellent scientists and their teams to become game changers in their field.


Twinning promotes research excellence through networking and training activities. It develops excellence in chosen research and innovation domain, increase visibility of the research institutions and universities, and upskill its staff.

Twinning Western Balkans

The special Twinning Western Balkans call contributes to the wide EU policy initiative to support the Western Balkan countries in terms of long-term economic recovery of the region, support a green and digital transition, foster regional integration and convergence with the EU.

Excellence Hub

Excellence Hubs aims to foster innovation ecosystems in Widening countries and beyond, creating better linkages between academia, business and government, in line with regional or national smart specialisation strategies.

European Excellence Initiative

Through the European Excellence Initiative, Horizon Europe’s support aims at the transformation of higher education sector and their surrounding ecosystems, including non-university research centres.

Feedback to Policy

Contributions from projects and REA to provide feedback to policy-makers.