2ndChance @ NearUS Focus Group. The NearUS initiative is establishing a Network of European Research and Innovation Centres throughout the United States. It acts as a central contact point for European research and innovation actors seeking to grow and reinforce collaboration across the Atlantic. The mission of the Network is to provide standardised as well as tailor-made, research & innovation internationalisation support services to European researchers and innovators, to accelerate access to the US market, and maximise chances of success. Going international is not an easy step. Even though the US may seem culturally close to a lot of EU R&I actors, the US eco-system and market have their own pace. Within this context, the NearUS Project is organising the first training event on “How to internationalise to the US” that will provide the trainees further understanding about the US market, its main challengesand opportunities from the European perspective and support on how to successfully create relevant partnerships in the US.