EU Research & Innovation Monthly Updates by Europa Media - July 2019
Summer holidays for us are usually interlinked with either August-September proposal deadlines or anticipating results for proposals submitted in spring. At the same, we have recently mobilized our efforts in screening through upcoming calls for 2020.
As you may know, the Commission announced the budget plan for 2020 covering the topics on climate change, clean energy, plastics, cybersecurity and digital economy. The final calls are also bringing with Horizon Europe Programme for 2021-2027. We recommend conducting another search on the Funding and Tenders Portal, as many new calls were published in the last weeks.
The European Commission today announced how it will spend the last and biggest annual tranche - €11 billion - of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 in the final year of the programme.
The European Commission released the results of the 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe's overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.
The initiative, launched at the Digital Assembly in Bucharest, is setting up the first regional investment facility that specifically targets digital innovations and the scale-up of digital startups in the CESEE region
What skills does a coordinator need to hold the reins of a project?
Coordinators are not indestructible creatures, omniscient and above the others. Even mindful, skilled and experienced managers can undertake disastrous and self-defeating decisions. They are required to navigate the turbulent waters of proposal writing, deliver timely and respect strict deadlines.
THE PITCH - important changes in the SME instrument Phase 2 evaluation procedure
Last year major changes were introduced in the evaluation process of H2020 SME Instrument Phase 2 proposals. In addition to the usual remote evaluation procedure now successful proposers also need to go through a special on-site personal pitch interview conducted in Brussels to get their game-changer projects funded after all.
As a beneficiary, responsible for (linked) third party's financial statements, It is discussed what is the minimum of supporting documentation we should ask from our LTPs in addition to their financial statement- can this be regulated by the CA?
Is it recommended to include the specific list of documents they should provide (when sending the financial statement) in the Consortium Agreement, using this binding document as a basis for any issues with acquiring personal data?
These issues with the linked third parties should be handled in the agreement with the third party and not the CA. Please note that the linked third parties remain responsible for their financial statements – they can be audited. They have to comply with record-keeping and reporting obligations under the GA. Your TPA will make sure these obligations are included.
>From the AMGA: The beneficiary remains responsible towards the Commission/Agency for the work carried out by the linked third party. Moreover, the beneficiaries are financially responsible for any undue amount paid by the Commission/Agency as reimbursement of costs for their linked third parties —unless the GA foresees joint and several liability (see Article 44.1).