Presentation on theme: "URF/The Validation Process"— Presentation transcript:
1URF/The Validation Process Research Executive AgencyDaphne von BuxhoevedenREA.A1 « FP7 Support Unit »URF/The Validation ProcessCoordinators Workshop20th September 2010
2AgendaPart 1: How to obtain a PIC in the URFPart 2: The validation processPart 3: SME validationPart 4: Lear nomination
3Part 1:How to obtain a PIC AcronymsURF – Unique Registration FacilityPDM – Participant Data ManagementPIC – Participant Identification CodeLEAR – Legal Entity Appointed RepresentativeVS – Validation Services of REA.A1
4Part 1:How to obtain a PIC What is the URF ?A facility to support the validation of a legal entities by:Submitting data over a web interfaceGenerating a Participant Identification Code (PIC)Nominating a Legal Entity Representative (LEAR)
5Part 1:How to obtain a PIC How to register in URF?When you connect the first time to URF (not being a LEAR), you have to self register as participant.In your browser you connect to URF, using the following URL:To access URF, you have to use your ECAS login and password (if you don’t have it you must register)
6Part 1:How to obtain a PIC Step 1: Register your organisationThe 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.
7Part 1:How to obtain a PIC Step 2: Register Legal Address
8Part 1:How to obtain a PIC Step 3: Register the contact personThis person is to be contacted until a person is validated as LEAR for the organization.
9Part 1:How to obtain a PIC Step 4: Register the Status of the organisationThe status selected will need to be demonstrated by your statute and registration documents.
10Part 1:How to obtain a PIC 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 with the data you entered, and a temporary Participant Identification Code (PIC) will be provided to you.
11The validation process PART II:The validation process
12The 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 to the validation mailbox:When sending an , always quote your PIC number and proposal number (when applicable) in the subject title.
13Types of Legal Entities under FP7: Public and PrivateInternational OrganisationHigher or Secondary EducationProfit and non-profitResearch organisationSME
14Documents 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: 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)
15For Private EntitiesAn 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).
16For Research Organisations: A legal document that proves that your organisation is:considered as a non-profit organisation by national or international law; andcarries out research or technological development as one of its main objectivesFor Non–profit Organisations:A legal document which mentions the non-profit character of your organisation.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".
18Part 1: SME defintion18Definition of an ENTERPRISE COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION OF 6 MAY concerning the definition of micro, small and medium enterprisesArticle 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 »
19Part 1: SME definition19THE THRESHOLDS COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION OF 6 MAY concerning the definition of micro, small and medium enterprisesSTAFF HEADCOUNT (ARTICLE 5)ANNUAL TURNOVER (ARTICLE 4)ANNUAL BALANCE SHEET (ARTICLE 4)ENTERPRISE CATEGORYSTAFF HEADCOUNTANNUAL TURNOVER ORANNUAL BALANCE SHEET TOTALMedium-sized< 250≤ EUR 50 million AND/OR≤ EUR 43 millionSmall< 50≤ EUR 10 million AND/OR≤ EUR 10 millionMicro< 10≤ EUR 2 millionAND/OR
20Documents required for the validation of SME’s: Part 2: The validation process20Documents required for the validation of SME’s:SME CHECK LISTDuly signed and bearing the name of the legal representativeBALANCE SHEETClear mention of company’s total assets and liabilities (ANNUAL BALANCE SHEET THRESHOLD)PROFIT & LOSS ACCOUNTClear mention of company’s turnover (ANNUAL TURNOVER THRESHOLD)STATEMENT OF THE STAFF HEADCOUNTIn case there is no mention on any of the Balance Sheet, the Profit & Loss account or accompanying noteFor non-autonomous SME’s (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
22Once the validation completed: Based on the supporting documents, the Validation Services determines the FP7 status of the organisation;The participant receives an with his final PIC number, his FP7 status and the link for appointing the Legal Entity Appointed Representative (LEAR).The Role of the LEARA 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