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Are sick leaves eligible in Horizon Europe?

Sick leaves in Horizon Europe are eligible if they are an actual cost for your entity. According to the Annotated Model Grant Agreement, you may not include any part of the remuneration which has not been an actual cost for...

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How to complete the Funding sheet in a Life Project?

When filling the Funding Sheet in a Life Project, a sheet part of the templates provided by the European Commission, some additional information might be helpful. For the coordinator, the consolidated financial statement template is available here and the guidelines...

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How and when to encode personnel costs in a Life Project?

When reporting personnel costs in a Life Project, you have to use the templates provided by the European Commission. For the coordinator, the consolidated financial statement template is available here and the guidelines for the coordinating beneficiary is available here...

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What is the LIFE Programme of the European Union?

The LIFE Programme of the European Union, officially called Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE) was created in 1992. It is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action, which has co-financed more than 5,000 projects...

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When do I have to put the EU flag in Horizon Europe?

The EU flag in Horizon Europe is mandatory for communication and dissemination activities as well as infrastructure, equipment, vehicles, supplies or major result funded by the grant. The EU flag must be clearly visible as well as the text next...

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What is the SME definition in Horizon Europe?

The SME definition in Horizon Europe is given by the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Note that this definition is also valid for Horizon 2020. It should be less than 250 employees and less than 50M€ of...

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Can I pay employees more in Horizon Europe projects?

Yes, under certain circumstances there is a possibility to pay employees more in Horizon Europe projects, it is called the project-based remuneration. For programmes with standard rules for supplementary payments: The personnel costs may also include supplementary payments for personnel...

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Is budget deviation a problem in Horizon Europe?

Budget deviation is not necessarily a problem in Horizon Europe. It depends on the size of the deviation. This budget deviation will be visible when doing the financial (intermediary or final) reporting. To avoid unpleasant surprises, it is recommended to...

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What costs are eligible or ineligible in Horizon Europe?

Costs can be eligible or ineligible in Horizon Europe depending on their nature. There are five eligible cost categories in Horizon Europe: personnel, subcontracting, purchase, other, and indirect costs. The detailed list is available in the General Model Grant Agreement...

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How to run a CFS audit in Horizon 2020?

In Horizon 2020, if your entity received more than 325.000€ of grant, you will have to submit a certificate on the financial statements (CFS) to the European Commission (EC) during the final reporting. To obtain such certificate, you need to...

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What are the main steps of a EU project?

The main steps of an EU project depend on the call and on the program. Some calls have rather long and complex processes whereas other shorter. In this case we will take the example of a Horizon Europe project, as...

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What are the different kinds of EU grants participants?

Depending on the programme and type of action, there are different kinds of EU grants participants. Entities can participate in various roles: as coordinator, beneficiaries, affiliated entities, associated partners, in-kind contributors, subcontractors or recipients of financial support to third parties....

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Where can I find the AMGA of Horizon Europe?

The AMGA of Horizon Europe, AMGA standing for Annotated Model Grant Agreement, is a guide aimed at assisting EU grant beneficiaries. It is provided for information purposes only and is not intended to replace the binding legal agreements themselves, nor...

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Is Switzerland eligible for Horizon Europe?

No, Switzerland is not eligible for Horizon Europe, as it has not signed the agreement with the European Union to become a third country associated to Horizon Europe. Therefore, legal entities from Switzerland cannot receive EU funding in Horizon Europe...

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Is Israel eligible for Horizon Europe?

No, Israel is not eligible for Horizon Europe, as it has not signed the agreement with the European Union to become a third country associated to Horizon Europe. Therefore, legal entities from Israel cannot receive EU funding in Horizon Europe...

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Is the United Kingdom eligible for Horizon Europe?

Yes, the United Kingdom is eligible for Horizon Europe, as it has become a third country associated to Horizon Europe. Therefore, legal entities from the United Kingdom can participate under equivalent conditions as legal entities from the EU Member States,...

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How to avoid errors when reporting personnel costs?

When reporting personnel costs in Horizon 2020 projects, attention must be paid in order to avoid errors. Most of the errors made are because of a misunderstanding of the rules, unawareness of the specificity of the rules, or intentional. Because...

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How to report personnel costs in Horizon 2020?

To report personnel costs in Horizon 2020 is not necessarily a simple thing. Personnel costs is the cost of the time worked for the Horizon 2020 project by employees, seconded staff, SME owners, and consultants. There are different manners to...

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Why are Horizon 2020 rules still important?

Horizon 2020 rules are still important today because many research projects are still running. Horizon Europe might have started since the 1st of January 2021 but all projects launched before will be running in the upcoming years. Given that the...

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Is invoicing between partners allowed in Horizon Europe?

Invoicing between partners is in general not allowed within Horizon Europe. According to the Annotated Model Grant Agreement of Horizon 2020, purchases between beneficiaries is not considered eligible as their is the risk of double funding or charging commercial profit...

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What are Receipts in Horizon Europe?

Receipts in Horizon Europe means revenue. According to the Financial Regulation of the EU, receipts are limited to the Union grant and the revenue generated by the project. According to this regulation it is important to remember that non-profit organizations...

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What is the project-based remuneration in Horizon Europe?

Project-based remuneration in Horizon Europe is inherited from Horizon 2020 known as additional remuneration. It is a usual remuneration practice of a beneficiary under which an employee receives supplementary payments for working in a Horizon Europe project. As an example,...

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Are rewards eligible under Horizon Europe?

Yes, in general rewards are eligible under Horizon Europe. Rewards could fall under the category prizes D.1 Financial support to third parties. It is important to ensure objective and transparent selection procedures and include at least the eligibility and award...

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What costs are eligible in Horizon Europe?

There are five eligible cost categories in Horizon Europe: personnel, subcontracting, purchase, other, and indirect costs. Below the complete list with extract from the General Model Grant Agreement GMGA Article 6.2 – Specific eligibility conditions for each budget category. A....

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How to convert hours into days in Horizon Europe?

Convert the hours worked into days in Horizon Europe when reporting personnel costs can be done in three different ways. Option 1: we convert the number of hours that the person must work per day according to its contract. Example:...

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Are in-kind contributions eligible in Horizon Europe?

Yes, in-kind contributions provided by third parties against payment or free of charge are eligible in Horizon Europe. In-kind contributions are good or services that a third party, meaning an entity that is not part of the consortium, is providing...

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Are internal invoices eligible in Horizon Europe?

Yes, internal invoices are eligible in Horizon Europe. Officially known as internally invoiced goods and services, they correspond to the category D.2, according to article 6.2 of the General Model Grant Agreement (GMGA) of Horizon Europe. These are goods and...

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What is an Associated Partner in Horizon Europe?

An Associated Partner in Horizon Europe is an international partner in Horizon 2020. An Associated Partner is an entity that works for the EU project but cannot declare costs. It can be linked to one beneficiary or more beneficiaries. It...

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What is an Affiliated Entity in Horizon Europe?

An Affiliated Entity in Horizon Europe is a Linked Third Party under Horizon 2020. It is an entity that has a link with a beneficiary, in particular legal or capital link, which is neither limited to the project nor is...

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How to calculate indirect costs in Horizon Europe?

Indirect costs in Horizon Europe are calculated as a flat-rate of 25% of the eligible direct costs (A. Personnel costs and C. Purchase costs). This is the same as in Horizon 2020. However, for internally invoiced goods and services (cost...

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What are the missions of Horizon Europe?

The missions of Horizon Europe are commitments to solve some of the greatest challenges facing our world like fighting cancer, adapting to climate change, protecting our oceans, living in greener cities and ensuring soil health and food.  They are an integral...

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Where can I find the Horizon Europe Work Programmes?

The Horizon Europe Work Programmes can be downloaded from the Funding and Tenders portal of the European Commission. This page includes reference documents of the programmes managed on the EU Funding & Tenders portal starting with legal documents and the...

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What is the budget of Horizon Europe?

The total budget of Horizon Europe is of 95.5 billion euros. It spans over 2021 until 2027 and includes 5.4 billion euros from Next Generation Europe (NGEU) programme, the EU programme for the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. More information...

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Can a single individual participate in Horizon Europe?

No, a single individual cannot participate in Horizon Europe. Most EU funding programmes require that participants (including beneficiaries and affiliated entities) are legal entities such as public or private bodies, including international organisations. Therefore, a single individual cannot participate in...

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What are associated countries in Horizon Europe?

Association to Horizon Europe is governed by the Horizon Europe Regulation 2021/6951. Legal entities from Associated Countries can participate under equivalent conditions as legal entities from the EU Member States, unless specific limitations or conditions are laid down in the...

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Is VAT eligible in Horizon Europe?

Yes, VAT is eligible in Horizon Europe, except when the beneficiary can deduct or refund the VAT. References AMGA 6.3 Ineligible costs and contributions The following costs or contributions are ineligible: costs or contributions that do not comply with the...

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Is a consortium agreement required for Horizon Europe?

Yes, in general, a consortium agreement is required for Horizon Europe projects. References: AMGA Article 7 – Beneficiaries The beneficiaries must have internal arrangements regarding their operation and co-ordination, to ensure that the action is implemented properly. If required by...

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Can a coordinator subcontract project management tasks?

No, in general the coordinator cannot subcontract the project management tasks in Horizon Europe. The coordinator has to make sure the project is implemented correctly and manage it effectively. Furthermore, it should act as an intermediary for all communications between...

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