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1 Kick-off Meeting StrongGravity
Research Executive Agency FP7 guiding rules Kick-off Meeting StrongGravity Prague, February 2013 Antonio Fernandez-Ranada Shaw REA Unit S2- Space Research

2 Outline of the presentation
Role of the Research Executive Agency FP7 Space Programme Grant agreement Information on project management

3 1. Role of the Research Executive Agency

4 Research Executive Agency
Commission Decision EC/2008/46 of 14 December 2007 Autonomy since 15 June 2009 Total budget managed: about € 6.5 billion Lifetime: 2008 – 2017 Lifetime of FP7 (to 2013), then a run down to 2017 of projects under management Reviewed every three years Potential to extend after FP7 4

5 REA major activities The REA directly implements some actions:
SME-specific actions (Capacities); Marie Curie actions (People); Security and Space actions (Cooperation). The REA provides horizontal services across all programmes: Run the evaluation facility (reception of proposal and support to evaluation); Provide administrative services registration of beneficiaries (central validation); Run a central FP7 enquiry service. 5

6 Unit Space research - Main Tasks
Policy work remains within the Commission – this includes the definition of the space work programme (EC DG ENTR) FP7 Implementation by the Space Research Unit: The REA is in charge of: organising the evaluation of proposals negotiation of proposals technical and financial management of projects Except specific topics identified by DG ENTR in the work programme (e.g. development of the Space component of GMES) 6

7 2. FP7 Space Programme

8 9.3. Cross-cutting activities
FP7-Space (Theme 9) Developing satellite observation systems and the GMES services for the management of the environment, security, agriculture, forestry and meteorology, civil protection and risk management 9.1. Space-based application at the service of the European Society 9.2. Strengthening the foundations of Space science and technology Support research for long term needs such as space transportation, bio-medicine, life and physical sciences in space. 9.3. Cross-cutting activities SME relevant research, International cooperation, cross-thematic approaches, dissemination actions, European Space Policy implementation actions 8

9 FP7 Space Research budget
Total Space budget € 1.43 Billions Space budget managed by the REA 1st call ( ) €134 Millions 2nd call (2009) € 53 Millions 3rd call (2010) €114 Millions 4th call (2011) € 99 Millions Then about €100 Millions/year Thus globally about € 600 Millions (about 400 for GMES and 200 for SSF)

10 Learn more about Space Research projects funded under FP7
Please visit Updated brochure including projects from Call 2009 available

11 4. Grant agreement 11

12 Grant agreement: Core text + Annexes
I Description of Work (DoW) II General conditions III Related to specific funding types IV Form A Accession to the grant agreement Each partner signs 3 copies of Form A  coordinator Once signed by the coordinator: 1 copy retained by coordinator, 1 copy sent back to beneficiary, 1 copy sent to the REA The coordinator shall send to the REA one signed Form A per beneficiary at the latest 45 calendar days after the entry into force of the grant agreement V Form B Request for accession of a new beneficiary to the Grant Agreement Termination also possible (see Annex II – General conditions) VI Form C Financial statement submitted by each beneficiary at the end of the reporting period To be submitted via SESAM (FORCE) Relevant info

13 Grant agreement: Core text + annexes
VII Forms D Certificate on the financial statements The certificate shall be submitted for claims of payments when the amount of the EC financial contribution claimed by a beneficiary as a reimbursement of costs is equal to or exceeds € , when cumulated with all previous payments for which the certificate has not been submitted Verified as factual by an external auditor Public bodies, secondary and higher education establishments and research organisations may opt for a competent public officer to provide their certificate on the financial statements and on the methodology. Forms E Certificate of the methodology Optional, suitable especially for beneficiaries with multiple participations in FP7 Beneficiary may request to opt for this certificate on the methodology for the calculation of costs, which it uses to prepare its cost claims with regard to both personnel and indirect costs This certificate must be forwarded in the form of a detailed description verified as factual by its external auditor When this certificate is accepted, the requirement to provide certificates on the financial statements for claims of interim payments shall be waived Details and advantages explained in 'Guidance Notes on Audit Certification' (

14 5. Project management 14

15 Reporting During the course of the project, the consortium should submit: The deliverables identified in Description of Work of the Grant Agreement, according to the timetable specified in the Deliverables list A periodic report within 60 days of the end of each reporting period (including the last reporting period)

16 Periodic report An overview, including a publishable summary, of the progress of work towards the objectives of the project, including achievements and attainment of milestones and deliverables identified in the Description of Work; An explanation of the use of the resources; A Financial Statement (Form C) from each beneficiary + summary financial report for all beneficiaries together; Financial statements should be accompanied by certificates (Form D), when appropriate. Additonal information see:

17 Final reporting At the end of the project you should submit:
A final report, within 60 days after the end of the project, comprising: A final publishable summary report covering results, conclusions and socio-economic impact of the project; A report covering the wider societal implications of the project, in the form of a questionnaire (gender equality actions, ethical issues, etc.) After receiving final EC payment, the coordinator shall submit a report on the distribution of the Community financial contribution between beneficiaries. To be submitted 30 days after receipt of the final payment.

18 Submission of reports Register in ECAS (Commission’s Authentication Service): Once access granted, log in and submit documents via SESAM What information should be submitted: Deliverables Publications Patents (if relevant) Periodic and final reports Additonal information on SESAM see:

19 Submission of financial statements
Financial Statements (FORM C) are sumitted via FORCE FORCE is a web based tool to edit and submit Forms C Use your ECAS registration to enter FORCE ( Further information see:

20 Approval of reports After reception of the reports the REA may: Approve the reports and deliverables: REA disburses the corresponding payments within 105 days of their receipt unless the time-limit, the payment or the project has been suspended; Suspend the time limit if reports/deliverables have not been supplied, are incomplete, unclear or raise doubts concerning the eligibility of costs claimed. Suspend the payment at any time for the amount intended for the beneficiary(ies) concerned: for details see Article II.5 of Annex II (General conditions) to the grant agreement; Reject the reports and deliverables by giving an appropriate justification and, if appropriate, start the procedure for termination of the GA.

21 Technical Project Reviews / Audits
The REA may initiate a technical audit or review at any time during the implementation of the project and up to up to five years after the end of the project: Independent experts are appointed as reviewers: give external advice to the REA on the project for the period concerned assist the REA by recommending any reorientation that may be required.

22 Technical Project Reviews/Audits
The reviewers assess, among others: the degree of fulfilment of the project work plan and of the related deliverables; the continued relevance of the objectives; the resources planned and utilised in relation to the achieved progress; the management procedures and methods of the project; the beneficiaries’ contributions and integration within the project etc. The COO will be informed on the outcome of the review report (submitted via SESAM) Templates for review report:

23 Financial audits The Commission/REA may, at any time during the implementation of the project and up to five years after the end of the project, arrange for financial audits to be carried out, by external auditors, or by the Commission/REA services themselves including European Anti-Fraud Office OLAF. The beneficiaries shall keep the originals or, in exceptional cases, duly authenticated copies – including electronic copies - of all documents relating to the grant agreement for up to five years from the end of the project

24 Request for Amendments
An amendment to a grant agreement (GA) is a legal act modifying the commitments initially accepted by the parties and which may create new rights or impose new obligations on them, or modifying significant parts of the GA. It allows the parties to modify the GA during its lifetime. When does the GA need to be amended by an Amendment Request? When is an Information Letter sufficient? See:

25 Budgetary transfers: Beneficiaries are allowed to transfer budget between different activities and between themselves in so far as the work is carried out as foreseen in Description of Work

26 Publications and publicity
The beneficiaries shall, throughout the duration of the project, take appropriate measures to engage with the public and the media about the project and to highlight the EC financial support. Any publicity, including at a conference or seminar or any type of information or promotional material must specify that the project has received EC research funding and display the European emblem. Any publicity made by the beneficiaries in respect of the project must specify that it reflects only the author’s views and that the Community is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

27 Publications and publicity
All publications shall include the following statement: The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme ([FP7/ ]) under grant agreement n° (see Article II.30. of the Grant Agreement). During and after the project, the coordinator shall provide references and an abstract of all scientific publications relating to foreground at the latest two months following publication (see Article II.30. of the Grant Agreement). As part of the final project report, the coordinator will be required to submit a full list of publications relating to foreground of the project.

28 Antonio Fernandez-Ranada Shaw  COV2 17/100▪ 1049 Brussels ▪ Belgium
Thank you for your attention ! Antonio Fernandez-Ranada Shaw  COV2 17/100▪ 1049 Brussels ▪ Belgium site Place Rogier ▪ 1210 Brussels Copyright © Close Comfort 28

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