Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is ENCORA a project, a programme or a network ?

2. Can individual researchers become member of ENCoRe ?

3. Does ENCORA define and/or carry out research projects ?

4. Who is funding ENCORA ?

5. What are incentives for joining ENCORA ?

6. How can an institution request fundings to ENCORA ?

 

1. Is ENCORA a project, a programme or a network ?

ENCORA is a network of networks. The ENCORA core network consists of coordinating institutions of national networks, thematic networks or international networks. ENCORA associates are research or practitioners institutions having signed a cooperation agreement with a national or international coordination institute, which is represented in the core network. ENCORA is supported by:

national desks, for the national networks
theme desks, for the thematic networks
ENCORA desk, for the core network

2. Can individual researchers become member of ENCoRe ?

Yes, you are member of ENCORA if your institution is associated to the ENCORA network and if you have submitted a member fiche to the national or international coordinating institute, which is represented in the core network.

 

3. Does ENCORA define and/or carry out research projects ?

No. ENCORA is not an instrument meant to lead or steer research on European coastal zones. ENCORA facilitates and/or co-funds networking initiatives which are defined and carried out by associated institutions and members, such as partner finding, project intertwining, exchange of researchers and practitioners and communities of practice, sharing of infrastructure, interdisciplinarity, dissemination of knowledge, etc. Each ENCORA Associate Institute remains responsible for its own research projects.

 

4. Who is funding ENCORA ?

ENCORA is primarily supported by its members. In addition, a request for funding as a Coordination Action is under preparation and will be submitted to the sixth Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP6) of the European Commission.

 

5. What are incentives for joining ENCORA ?

The benefits members can gain from participating to the ENCoRe network are manyfold:

obtain, upon request, an up-to-date overview of institutes and persons in Europe working on specific issues in coastal research and coastal practice
find new partners for sharing efforts (capacity, infrastructure, data acquisition, ..) and information on specific problems
membership of information-exchange communities in specific fields of coastal research and coastal practice
participation to a programme of exchange-visits of young researchers and practitioners, with (limited) financial ENCORA support
establish cross-disciplinary relationships and cooperation
exchange experience in Communities of Practice
assistance to disseminating knowledge and information
assistance to partner search for developing joint proposals and assistance to finding opportunities for funding.

6. How can an institution request fundings to ENCORA ?

ENCORA may bear part of the additional costs for realising the young researchers/practitioners exchange programme or for the dissemination of knowledge. Requests for financial assistance must be submitted to the national desk or theme desk. Requests are ranked by the ENCORA Steering group, according to criteria specified in the ENCORA programme (in preparation). Research activities cannot be funded.