Under Article 19 and Article 20 of the grant agreement (GA), the coordinator must submit to the Commission technical and financial reports, including requests for payment – specifically:
- Deliverables identified in Annex 1
- Periodic report (both technical and financial) within 60 days of the end of each reporting period (including the final one), including requests for payment
- Final report at the end of the project (‘action’). It consists of a summary for publication and it is generated automatically by the IT tools.
The Commission – during the implementation of the project or afterwards – checks, reviews, investigates and audits the proper implementation of the project and its compliance with the grant agreement.
The European Commission may order an audit of H2020 grants during the project or at any time up to 2 years after the final payment. It can be a direct audit (with the Commission’s own staff) or an indirect audit (with external, persons or bodies appointed by the Commission).
Any claimed costs found to be ineligible will then be recovered or deducted from the next payment.
If systematic errors are found, the Commission may extend the findings of the audit results to non-audited grant agreements or non-audited periods. Besides these corrections, other measures may be taken, including financial and administrative penalties.
H2020 Project Communication
The beneficiaries must promote the action and its results, by providing targeted information to multiple audiences (including the media and the public), in a strategic and effective manner and possibly engaging in a two-way exchange (Article 38 of the model grant agreement).
The communication activities must already be part of the proposal (either as a specific work package for communication or by including them in another work package).The main objective of a communication plan is to raise awareness within target groups and the European society at large about the existence of a project, its objectives, progress and results.
- The brochure Communicating EU research and innovation guidance for project participants which gives you an overview of best practices and a check list on how to build a communication strategy.
- Annotated Model Grant Agreement, article 38 to learn more about how communication and promoting the action should be done for Horizon 2020 actions.
- The EU Guide to Science Communication, a couple of short videos about science communication in general, and some specific tips on how to improve your communication efforts
The Source: Participant Portal H2020 Online Manual