The National Contact Point (NCP) for Space is the helpdesk for all questions related to Horizon 2020 Space. It is part of the official EU network of National Contact Points (NCP). In Germany these NCPs are established for the research topics within the EU Framework Programme and for some cross section activities. The German NCPs are coordinated by the EU Office of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
The NCP Space is acting for the Federal Ministry for Econoomic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Since the start of the 6th Framework Programme in 2002 the NCP Space has been part of the Space Agency of the German Aerospace Center. Since the beginning of the 7th Framework Programme in 2007 the EU has been funding Space as an independent theme within the Specific Programme "Coordination".
With the start of Horizon 2020 "Space" became one topic witihn "Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEIT)" as a part of the Industrial Leadership column.
The NCP Space at DLR offers information and support to all topics within the space theme to German industry, SMEs, research organistions, higher eduction institutions or other organisations.
Since 2008 the German Space NCP is coordinating COSMOS, the network of European Space NCPs.