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1 Rules and Regulations for participation in the ICT Programme Mr. Mauro BIANCHI TESEO Sprl. SOLAR-ICT WORKSHOP–Montevideo, Uruguay 9/10 June 2008

2 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay Questions Who can participate? When can you participate? What can be funded?  Type of projects  Which money?  Type of costs Legal Framework Submission and evaluation criteria

3 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay Any company, University, Research Centre or Organization in: Member States (MS): the EU-27 Associated Countries (AC): Albania, Croatia, FYROM, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Israel, Switzerland Third Countries: International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPC) 1. Who can participate?

4 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay Participation – General Case Minimum Research Consortium: 3 Independent Partners from 3 different Member States Associated Countries

5 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay Participation – Additional Paid Partners from: International Organisations International Cooperation Partner Countries ICPC-INCO International Organisations or partners from third countries if - A ‘provision’ in SP or WP - Essential for Action - Bilateral agreement They ALL have to bring EXCELLENCE and their own money if they are from a rich country

6 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay 2. When and how can you participate? Depends on the calls for proposals Submission and evaluation procedures Selection and award criteria are set out in the Work and Specific Programmes Evaluation Criteria

7 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay Timing Months Call Opens First Payment Evaluation Contract etc Preparation Negotiation Call Closes WIN HINT

8 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay 3. What can be funded? Research Research Phase 1 Research and Develop Phase 2 Market preparation Phase 3 Real Deployment Phase 4 Profit Innovation in its application User dimension Training Dissemination ….. And some of this in special cases

9 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay How much money you can get from the European Commission? Maximum funding rates Research and technological activities: 50% But: 75% for Public bodies, Secondary and Higher education, Research organization (no-profit), SMEs Demonstration activities: 50% Other activities (training, dissemination, etc): 100% Coordination and support actions: 100% Management activities: 100%

10 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay FP7 Funding schemes R&D collaborative projects Generally 50% Networks of Excellence NoE Depending on n° of researchers – lump sum of 23,500 € Co-ordination and Support Actions CSA 100%

11 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay FP7 Funding rates Type of organisation Public bodies, universities, research centres, SMEs 75% Type of project Accompanying measures (CSA) 100% Type of activity Project management, other… 100% Funding rates also depend on:

12 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay Reimbursements from the European Commission Form of Grants Reimbursement of eligible costs Flat rate: a % for indirect costs or scales of unit costs Lump sum for specific calls/projects (ICPC, NoE) Combination possible Principle of co-financing, no profit

13 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay The costs that can be claimed Eligible cost must be: Actual Incurred during the project Determined according the usual accounting and management principles

14 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay Which categories of costs? Direct costs Indirect costs

15 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay Which categories of costs? Main eligible direct costs: Personnel costs (including tax and social contributions) Travel Equipment Consumables Other relevant costs Subcontract

16 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay Which categories of costs? Indirect Costs Structural costs that an organisation has to bear in order to function % of other cost categories (except sub-c.) Method for calculating indirect costs: If analytical accounting system: Real Indirect Costs Otherwise: Standard Flat Rate (20%) Special Transition Flat Rate (60%) Simplified method (not ready) Lump Sum (ICPC)

17 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay Costs for an RTD Project Partner R & D Activity Management Activity *Or Research Centre (not for profit) Direct Indirect 100% 75% Commission Grant to an SME or ACADEMIC Participant*

18 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay If your accounting system is“ Able to identify with certainty the real indirect costs for the project” R & D Activity Management Activity Expressing the Indirect as a fraction of total Direct Costs – clearly this could alternatively be expressed as a fraction of personnel costs Direct Indirect Any Participant Real %

19 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay If your accounting system is“Unable to identify with certainty their real indirect costs for the project” R & D Activity Management Activity Expressing the Indirect as a fraction of total Direct Costs – Excluding Sub - Contracting 20% Direct Ind Any Participant

20 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay R & D Activity Management Activity If your accounting system is“Unable to identify with certainty their real indirect costs for the project” Expressing the Indirect as a fraction of total Direct Costs – Excluding Sub - Contracting 60% Direct Indirect SME, Public not for profit Academic or, Research Centre Special Limited Offer Must End Dec 2009

21 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay R & D Activity Management Activity In Coordination and Support Everyone suffers Expressing the Indirect as a fraction of total Direct Costs – Excluding Sub - Contracting 7% Direct

22 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay External controls Certification of costs is usually required (audit certificate) Mandatory when EC Contribution claimed exceeds € Not required when EC contribution claimed is less than €

23 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay Lump sum for ICPC organizations ICPC beneficiaries participating in an FP7 project have two options to be reimbursed  on the basis of eligible costs (see previous slides)  on the basis of lump-sums. This option can be made (and changed) up to the moment of the signature of the contract. ICPC beneficiaries may opt for a lump sum in a given project(s) and for reimbursement of costs in another(s).

24 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay Lump sum for ICPC organizations Depending on the country, the lump sum contribution for participants from ICPC is defined like this: Economy of the ICPCContribution (EUR/researcher/year) low-income8,000 lower middle income9,800 upper middle income20,700 Specific parameters have been established by EC Latin America is included in low-income

25 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay 4. Legal Framework 1. Rules for participation The Work-programme Guides for Applicants Call text Evaluation manual 2. Model Grant Agreement 3. Consortium Agreement

26 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay 1.Rules for Participation Definitions Minimum conditions for participations Procedures -Calls for proposals -Evaluation -Implementation and Grant Agreements Consortia requirements Community financial contribution Dissemination, use and access rights

27 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay 2. Model Grant Agreement EC decision based upon Rules for Participation. This agreement establishes the rights and obligations of all Participants Contractual obligations between EC and consortium And its annexes: - General conditions (administrative and financial issues) - Form A - Form B - Form C

28 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay 3. Consortium Agreement Obligatory unless exempted by call for proposals Agreement between partners (no Commission included) Internal organization Distribution of Community financial contribution Rules on Intellectual Property Rights Disputes and penalties

29 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay Electronic submission EPSS [Electronic Proposal Submission System] Online preparation only! Improved validation checks before submission is accepted FP6 Failure rate = + 1% Main reason for failure - waiting till the last minute Submit early, submit often!

30 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay Evaluation criteria

31 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay Principles guiding proposal evaluation Quality Transparency Equality of treatment Impartiality Ethical considerations

32 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay Evaluation – The criteria Adapted to each funding scheme and each thematic area Specified in the specific programme/work programme (Annex 2) Divided into three main criteria: S&T Quality (relevant to the topics addressed by the call) quality of the objectives progress beyond the state of the art work plan Implementation individual participants and consortium as a whole allocation of resources (budget, staff, equipment) Impact Contribution to expected impacts listed in work programme Plans for dissemination/exploitation

33 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay Evaluation – The criteria Three criteria: Criteria generally marked out of 5 Criterion threshold 3/5 Overall threshold 10/15 ATTENTION: = 10

34 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay Selection procedure PROPOSAL Eligibility Individual evaluation Consensus Thresholds Panel review with hearings (optional) Commission ranking Commission rejection decision Negotiation Consultation of programme committee (if required) Commission funding and/or rejection decision Applicants informed of results of expert evaluation Applicants informed of Commission decision Security Scrutiny (if needed ) Ethical Review (if needed )

35 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay From Individual assessment to Consensus Proposal X Copy 1 Proposal X Copy 2 Proposal X Copy 3 May be “remote” IAR * Expert 1 IAR Expert 2 IAR Expert 3 CONSENSUS REPORT 3 experts * IAR= Individual assessment report

36 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay TO RECIEVE MORE DETAILED INFORMATION, PLEASE PARTICIPATE TO THE TRAINING SESSION THAT WILL BE HELD TOMORROW.

37 SOLAR-ICT – 9/10 June 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay Thank you for the attention!


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