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1 Research Executive Agency Daphne von Buxhoeveden REA.A1 « FP7 Support Unit » URF/The Validation Process Coordinators Workshop 20th September 2010

2 Agenda Part 1: How to obtain a PIC in the URF Part 2: The validation process Part 3: SME validation Part 4: Lear nomination

3 URF – Unique Registration Facility PDM – Participant Data Management PIC – Participant Identification Code LEAR – Legal Entity Appointed Representative VS – Validation Services of REA.A1 Acronyms Part 1:How to obtain a PIC

4 What is the URF ? A facility to support the validation of a legal entities by: Submitting data over a web interface Generating a Participant Identification Code (PIC) Nominating a Legal Entity Representative (LEAR) Part 1:How to obtain a PIC

5 How to register in URF? When you connect the first time to URF (not being a LEAR), you have to self register as participant. LEAR In your browser you connect to URF, using the following URL: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/ To access URF, you have to use your ECAS login and password (if you dont have it you must register) Part 1:How to obtain a PIC

6 Step 1: Register your organisation The first time you connect to URF, the welcome page will be displayed in your browser. To self register, just click on the [Register an Organisation] button. Part 1:How to obtain a PIC

7 Step 2: Register Legal Address Part 1:How to obtain a PIC

8 Step 3: Register the contact person This person is to be contacted until a person is validated as LEAR for the organization. Part 1:How to obtain a PIC

9 Step 4: Register the Status of the organisation The status selected will need to be demonstrated by your statute and registration documents. Part 1:How to obtain a PIC

10 Once the registration completed: You must verify that the data provided is correct and submit the information; Once the information has been submitted, you will not be able to correct the organisation data in URF until it has been processed by the validation services of the REA; While your data will be under validation by the REA, you are able to upload up to 10 Mb of documents; Immediately after the data has been submitted for validation, you will receive an e-mail with the data you entered, and a temporary Participant Identification Code (PIC) will be provided to you. Part 1:How to obtain a PIC

11 PART II: The validation process

12 The validation process: The validation of a participant is unique and valid throughout the entire FP7 programme; During the validation of a legal entity, the validation services verify the (i) legal existence and (ii) FP7 status of an applicant; These verifications are based on supporting documents; Documents can be uploaded directly on the URF or send via e-mail to the validation mailbox: REA-URF-Validation@ec.europa.eu;REA-URF-Validation@ec.europa.eu When sending an e-mail, always quote your PIC number and proposal number (when applicable) in the subject title.

13 Types of Legal Entities under FP7: Public and Private International Organisation Higher or Secondary Education Profit and non-profit Research organisation SME

14 Documents required for the validation: For All Types of entities: The Legal Entity Form, dated, duly filled-in, signed and stamped (please use only that which is appropriate to your status "Public" or "Private"); For Public Entities: A copy of the resolution or law or decree or decision or any other official document legally establishing your organisation; If the VAT number is not indicated on the registration extract mentioned above, a copy of an official document proving your VAT registration (not older than 6 months); Note: Note: a "public body" has to be a legal entity established as such by national law, and international organisations. "Established" in turn signifies that the legal entity has to be incorporated as a public body in the formal act (Article 2.13 of the FP7 rules)

15 For Private Entities An extract of registration in the Chamber of Commerce (or its equivalent: Company Register, Official Journal etc) showing the name of your organisation, the address of the head office, its registration number. If the VAT number is not indicated on the registration extract, a copy of an official document proving your VAT registration needs to be submitted (not older than 6 months).

16 For Research Organisations: A legal document that proves that your organisation is: considered as a non-profit organisation by national or international law; and carries out research or technological development as one of its main objectives For Non–profit Organisations: A legal document which mentions the non-profit character of your organisation. Note: Note: (i)The absence of a lucrative aim does not necessarily imply the absence of profits; (ii) the commitment from an organisation to not redistribute profits to its shareholders is not a sufficient condition for the entity to be considered as "non profit".

17 PART III: SME validation

18 Definition of an ENTERPRISE Definition of an ENTERPRISE COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION OF 6 MAY 2003 concerning the definition of micro, small and medium enterprises –Article 1 «AN ENTERPRISE IS CONSIDERED TO BE AN ENTITY ENGAGED IN AN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, IRRESPECTIVE OF ITS LEGAL FORM. THIS INCLUDES, IN PARTICULAR, SELF-EMPLOYED PERSONS AND FAMILY BUSINESS ENGAGED IN CRAFT OR OTHER ACTIVITIES, AND PARTNERSHIPS OR ASSOCIATIONS REGULARLY ENGAGED IN AN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY » 18 Part 1: SME defintion

19 THE THRESHOLDS THE THRESHOLDS COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION OF 6 MAY 2003 concerning the definition of micro, small and medium enterprises –STAFF HEADCOUNT (ARTICLE 5) –ANNUAL TURNOVER (ARTICLE 4) –ANNUAL BALANCE SHEET (ARTICLE 4) 19 ENTERPRISE CATEGORY STAFF HEADCOUNT ANNUAL TURNOVER OR ANNUAL BALANCE SHEET TOTAL Medium-sized< 250 EUR 50 million AND/OR EUR 43 million Small< 50 EUR 10 million AND/OR EUR 10 million Micro< 10 EUR 2 million AND/OR EUR 2 million Part 1: SME definition

20 Documents required for the validation of SMEs: SME CHECK LIST –Duly signed and bearing the name of the legal representative BALANCE SHEET –Clear mention of companys total assets and liabilities (ANNUAL BALANCE SHEET THRESHOLD) PROFIT & LOSS ACCOUNT Clear mention of companys turnover (ANNUAL TURNOVER THRESHOLD) STATEMENT OF THE STAFF HEADCOUNT –In case there is no mention on any of the Balance Sheet, the Profit & Loss account or accompanying note For non-autonomous SMEs (linked to another organisation or Company), The balance sheet, profit and loss accounts of the upstream and / or downstream organisations or Companies with appendices for the last period 20 Part 2: The validation process

21 PART IV: After Validation

22 Once the validation completed: Based on the supporting documents, the Validation Services determines the FP7 status of the organisation; The participant receives an e-mail with his final PIC number, his FP7 status and the link for appointing the Legal Entity Appointed Representative (LEAR). http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/urf-lear_en.htmlhttp://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/urf-lear_en.html The Role of the LEAR A LEAR can only be nominated after an organisation has been validated, Only 1 LEAR per organisation can register; The nomination of a LEAR is not mandatory but strongly recommended. Only the LEAR can modify the data once the entity is validated

23 Questions? Contact details: REA-URF-Validation@ec.europa.eu


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