EFMC is pleased to announce new locations for H2020 training courses “Financial Management of Horizon 2020 Projects. Theoretical and Practical Approach” taking place in Amsterdam, December 2018 and in Prague, February 2019.

Please see the list of courses below, choose the language and location of your convenience and register now as the seats are limited!

UPCOMING COURSES 2018-2019

19-21 September 2018 / Madrid, Spain / Spanish / Enrol
17-19 October 2018 / Coimbra, Portugal / English / Enrol

7-9 November 2018 / Brussels, Belgium / English / Enrol

28-30 November 2018 / Bilbao, Spain / Spanish / Enrol

NEW! 12-14 December 2018/ Amsterdam, The Netherlands / English / Enrol

16-18 January 2019 / Naples, Italy / Italian / Enrol

NEW! 6-8 February 2019 / Prague, Czech Republic / English / Enrol

 

We advise to register as soon as possible, to reserve a spot in the Training Course of your convenience as the seats are very limited.

Please contact us for additional information.

 

We are looking forward to seeing you at the trainings!


EFMC is organising the training course “Financial Management of Horizon 2020 Projects: Theoretical and Practical Approach” on the 26-27-28 of September 2018 in Frankfurt, and “H2020 Participant Portal Training: Submission, Financial & Project Reporting” on the 27-28 September at the same venue.

There are a few seats available for the two EFMC training courses taking place simultaneously in Frankfurt during the 26-28 of September 2018.

If you don’t want to miss the opportunity to learn everything about H2020 projects from our EU Institutions experts, enroll here for the training “Financial Management of Horizon 2020 Projects: Theoretical and Practical Approach” or here for the training “H2020 Participant Portal Training: Submission, Financial & Project Reporting”.

For more information, please contact us.


EFMC analyses it so you don’t have to! – The latest H2020 Annotated Grant Agreement AGA V 5.0

On July 3rd the European Commission published the latest version (5.0) of the AGA – Annotated Grant Agreement. The main significant changes concern, among many others, travel costs for external experts, prototypes, and new presentation of calculations for payments (Art. 21) Annotated Grant Agreements changes and updated versions sometimes can fly under the radar of most beneficiaries when executing and managing their H2020 action. These changes can present useful options and alternative tools that beneficiaries and coordinators can utilise which previously may not have existed. In the most recent version (V 5.0) there have been many more changes and options presented than normally might be expected in updating the AGAs for H2020.

Travel costs for external experts in the project are a new option which previously did not exist. This appears to be introduced as an option in order that beneficiaries can be clear in where and how to declare costs of flying in such external experts for seminars etc. Before this was somewhat of a grey area as beneficiaries could not book such flights and travel costs against their project since the external expert was not an employee of said beneficiary i.e.: the cost was “incurred” but could not be “directly linked to the beneficiary” Many beneficiaries and even Project Officers and the European Commission struggled to deal with this in the past. Now these costs are eligible if their participation is specifically justified in the periodic technical report and the Commission/Agency approved it without formally amending the GA which in practice means it is at the discretion of the Project Officer (i.e.: the simplified approval procedure) Prototype costs are now covered clearly which are now allocated as direct costs for construction of a prototype or pilot plant in the eyes of the EC they may exceptionally be eligible, if building the prototype or pilot plant is (one of) the main action task(s) Again Project Officer discretion is exercised here and beneficiaries need solid technical arguments to support their case.

Notably there is now a new presentation of calculations for payments and recoveries (recovery of funds from a beneficiary), are now compiled under Article 21 and there are now updates due to the adoption of the Guide on grant reductions as well as clarifications on the general lump sum which is now covered in the preamble, Articles 8 and 18. Updates due to the amendment of the model grant agreement v.5.0, in particular are covered under Articles 29.3 and 34 New explanations and examples resulting from frequently asked questions, in particular in Articles 6.2.A, 6.2.D, 11, 14a, 43, 44, 48, 49, 50.3, 51, 55 and 57.2.

Annotations on the new Lump Sum Pilot model grant agreement; the new MSCA Special Needs model grant agreement and updates in the specific model grant agreements are now covered in MSCA: ITN Articles 6.2.a, 6.2.B, 32; IF Articles 6.2.A, 6.2.B, 18, 32, 55.1, 56a; RISE Articles 6.2.A, 32 and Co-fund Articles 6.2.A and 15. The ERC articles are now housed in 18, 29 and 32 while the SME Phase 1: is dealt with in Article 8 PCP/PPI: Article 8 SGA: Article 3

 

EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting

Robert Caroll

Senior Consultant


 

EFMC is proud to present the opportunity to attend the new courses H2020 Participant Portal Training: Submission, Financial & Project Reporting” taking place throughout Europe starting from September 2018.

Participant Portal is the most important tool for finding information, preparing and submitting the proposal and managing the contract of research & innovation projects under the EU Framework Programme. In this training you will learn how to use the tool efficiently.

Please see the list of courses below, choose the location of your convenience and register now as the seats are limited!

UPCOMING PARTICIPANT PORTAL TRAINING COURSES 2018

27-28 September / Frankfurt, Germany / English / Enrol

25-26 October / Brussels, Belgium / English / Enrol

22-23 November / Vienna, Austria / English / Enrol

More information about the H2020 Participant Portal training, the agenda and fees is available here.

As there is room available for only 10 persons in each training course then we advise you to register as soon as possible.

Please feel free to contact us for additional information.

We are looking forward to seeing you at one of our trainings!


 

EFMC is pleased to announce new H2020 training courses “Financial Management of Horizon 2020 Projects. Theoretical and Practical Approach” taking place throughout Europe in autumn 2018 until early 2019.

Please see the list of courses below, choose the language and location of your convenience and register now, as the seats are limited!

UPCOMING OPEN-TRAININGS

ITALIAN
11-13 July / Rome, Italy / Italian / Enrol
NEW! 17-19 October / Turin, Italy / Italian / Enrol
NEW! 16-18 January / Naples, Italy / Italian / Enrol

ENGLISH
25-27 July / Milan, Italy / English / Enrol
5-7 September / Vienna, Austria / English / Enrol
26-28 September / Frankfurt, Germany / English / Enrol
3-5 October / Prague, Czech Republic / English / Enrol
7-9 November / Brussels, Belgium / English / Enrol
5-7 December / Berlin, Germany / English / Enrol

You may see the full list of our training courses here.

As there is room available for only 10 persons in each training course then we advise you to register as soon as possible.

Please feel free to contact us for additional information.

We are looking forward to seeing you at one of our trainings!


 

EFMC is pleased to announce new H2020 training courses “Financial Management of Horizon 2020 Projects. Theoretical and Practical Approach” taking place throughout Europe in autumn 2018.

Please see the list of courses below, choose the language and location of your convenience and register now, as the seats are limited!

UPCOMING COURSES 2018

11-13 July / Rome, Italy / Italian / Enrol
11-13 July / Edinburgh, UK / English / Enrol
18-20 July / Barcelona, Spain / Spanish / Enrol
25-27 July / Milan, Italy / English / Enrol
1-3 August / Amsterdam, Netherlands / English / Enrol
5-7 September / Vienna, Austria / English / Enrol
12-14 September / Brussels, Belgium / French / Enrol
19-21 September / Madrid, Spain / Spanish / Enrol
26-28 September / Frankfurt, Germany / English / Enrol
NEW! 3-5 October / Prague, Czech Republic / English / Enrol
NEW! 7-9 November / Brussels, Belgium / English / Enrol
NEW! 5-7 December / Berlin, Germany / English / Enrol

You may see the full list of our training courses here.

As there is room available for only 10 persons in each training course then we advise you to register as soon as possible.

Please feel free to contact us for additional information.

We are looking forward to seeing you at one of our trainings!


E²Tech4Cities 2018 took place in Brussels on the 7th of June as a part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) and Brussels Exporters Day. It was organized by Brussels Enterprise Europe Network and hosted by hub.brussels with the aim of organizing a networking event for those working in the energy efficiency field.

Hub.brussels also spoke of the role of the National Contact Points (NCPs) have for the local businesses. NCPs provide assistance with identifying suitable EU projects, support you with advice during the writing process as well as assess and give feedback to the proposal before it is submitted. However, they do not write the proposal for the applicant. NCPs also provide assistance throughout the project itself legal, financial, etc issues completely free of charge. Of course, the service is aimed at businesses registered in the NCP’s region, i.e in the case of hub.brussels it’s aimed at supporting businesses registered in Brussels.

Therefore, if you need any assistance in the process of your project, you may freely turn to your local NCP and they will provide you support in your local language. The list of NCP’s across Europe is available here.

If you need assistance with the finances of your project, you may turn to EFMC as we are here to help you out. See the list of our services here to find one suitable for you or contact us via email info@efmc.eu

 

The SME Instrument

Hub.brussels also introduced the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument. Your business may apply for the SME Instrument if your product or service idea is disruptive and your business qualifies as an SME.

To check if you qualify as an SME and for other useful tips regarding the SME Instrument see  this site.


The European Development Days 2018 took place in Tours & Taxis, Brussels on the 5th and 6th of June. It featured prominent speakers such as Jean-Claude Juncker, Antonio Tajani, Frederica Mogherini, Cecilia Malmström,  Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Queen Letizia of Spain, Paul Kagame the president of Rwanda, Marie-Louise Coleriro Preca the president of Malta, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka the Executive Director of UN Women.

This year’s event focused on topics of sustainable development with a special emphasis on gender- the rights and opportunities for women and girls.  The hashtags #SheisWe and #SheDDs marked the event and trended on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

The president of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleriro Preca spoke in the opening ceremony of the fact that in recent decades the gender gap has actually increased. Gender parity has shifted into reverse since measurements begun by the World Economic Forum. She urged that action needs to be taken to change this trend.

In the panel on Empowering Women in Sustainable Investment and Business through the EIP, Rebecca Holmes said that as women are more socially and economically vulnerable then social protection policies targeting women should take into consideration local causes, such as social protection labour division, etc.

Betsy Nelson mentioned that women are the most loyal customers of banks. However, often do not go into entrepreneurship, and when they do then they have smaller businesses. Also, women have trouble receiving loans, as their applications are evaluated more harshly.

The EIP (EU External Investment Plan) has stepped in to help in these cases to provide funding for women entrepreneurs.

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