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!


 

EASME has a number of open calls for Research & Innovation in the Sustainable Energy sector. See the list of open calls below for the following topics:


 

The Commission has published an overview of the budget plans for Research and Innovation, namely Horizon Europe and Euratom. You may have a look at the publication here 

New features of Horizon Europe will be:

The European Innovation Council, which will provide support for start-ups and companies focusing on breakthrough innovation to scale up via two funding instruments.

EU-wide Research and Innovation missions will aim to create more impact by encouraging citizen involvement alongside stakeholders, the European Parliament and Member States and and focusing on the bold, ambitious goals.

Open science policy will put a greater emphasis on openness and sharing.

A new approach to Partnerships will rationalise the funding landscape.

Simpler rules will increase legal certainty and reduce bureaucracy.


Richer, Visionary, Simpler and Close to the market.  Those seem the be the keywords and lofty rhetoric which is emanating from the newly envisaged Horizon Europe programme promoters and designers that the upcoming new Framework of the European Union for research and innovation which will replace H2020 from 2021 onwards.

The ninth edition of the EU Framework Programme (FP9) will benefit from a significantly higher funding injection compared with its predecessor, (ca. €97.6 billion) which will make it the most highly funded R&D programme ever in the Commissions’ history. Part of this cash injection is a 6% decrease in direct funding for agriculture which has been reallocated to fund Horizon Europe as Common Agriculture payments will now be capped at a maximum of €60,000 Euro per farmer and an increased financial contribution from all member states to the R&D budget.

The EU parliament was expecting €120 billion, lobbyists were pushing for €160 billion and at the end, despite expected Brexit-related headaches and financial shortfalls, this FP will be one of the few MFF headings to be actually increased accompanied in tandem with a doubling of Erasmus+ which is a truly remarkable achievement

The name of the new FP has been wisely chosen by Commissioner Moedas in order to reflect the vision of the new programme, which aims to capture stakeholders’ hopes and expectations, and marking the first step on the road to a more prosperous future for all EU citizens.

EU citizens’ perception and public knowledge is limited and the benefit and the importance of EU spending in research and innovation is influenced by for example high profile R&D achievements across the water in the USA such as when NASA discovers new planets which were in fact actually uncovered by an EU funded Belgian scientist. Commissioner Moedas realized that a renewed and more efficient communication plan of the EU around its FPs is fundamental to build consensus among citizens and stakeholders.  A “new deal”, based on a type of mission specific approach, for EU research was felt to be required to be readily understandable to the public and capture their imagination and interest.  Ambitions such as plastic-free oceans by 2030 or ensuring the survival of three out of four cancer patients by 2034 is akin to such lofty goals such as former US president John F. Kennedy had back in 1961, when he promised to send a man to the moon and return him safely. Ambitious, aiming high but ultimately achievable and realistic if all the parts of the jigsaw are put together.


 

EASME published their SME Instrument Report 2018 titled “Innovation Kitchen”. The SME Instrument has complemented the European innovation scene with

  • 1.3 billion euro in funding
  • during 4 years of the programme
  • supporting 3200 SMEs
  • providing 750 world class coaches
  • plus, business acceleration services