What is an Associated Partner in Horizon Europe?

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 can also be linked to the entire consortium. They are not automatically eligible for funding.

Participants from industrialized countries and emerging economies have themselves to determine the sources of funding and find the resources for their part of the action. Several countries have created mechanisms to co-fund their participants in Horizon 2020 actions selected for EU funding (you can find more information on available local support from non-EU countries for Horizon 2020 country by country below).

  • there is a bilateral agreement between that country and the EU
  • the country is explicitly identified in the relevant work programme and call for proposal as being eligible for funding
  • their participation is deemed by the European Commission to be essential for carrying out the action.

An Associated Partner in Horizon Europe is usually an entity (company, university, etc) from a state which is not member of the European Union and that receives funding from its own national funding authority. An example would be an American university participating in the execution of a Horizon Europe project.

References:

Horizon 2020 Online Manual

Not automatically eligible for funding:

Industrialised countries and emerging economies – participants from these countries have themselves to determine the sources of funding and find the resources for their part of the action. Several countries have created mechanisms to co-fund their participants in Horizon 2020 actions selected for EU funding (you can find more information on available local support from non-EU countries for Horizon 2020 country by country below).

In exceptional circumstances, industrialised and emerging economies can receive EU funding if:

  • there is a bilateral agreement between that country and the EU
  • the country is explicitly identified in the relevant work programme and call for proposal as being eligible for funding
  • their participation is deemed by the European Commission to be essential for carrying out the action.

Horizon Europe Online Manual

The roles should be attributed according to the level of participation in the project. Main participants should participate as Beneficiaries or Affiliated Entities (former Linked Third Parties); other entities can participate as Associated Partners, Subcontractors, Third parties giving in-kind contributions, etc.

Associated Partners and Third parties giving in-kind contributions normally do not get any part of the grant money and will therefore have to organise other funding sources (bear their own costs, internal reallocation of funding inside the consortium, find investors, etc.)

AMGA Article 9.1 Associated Partners

Associated partners must implement the action tasks attributed to them in Annex 1 in accordance with Article 11. They may not charge costs or contributions to the action and the costs for their tasks are not eligible.

The tasks must be set out in Annex 1.

The beneficiaries must ensure that their contractual obligations under Articles 11 (proper implementation), 12 (conflict of interests), 13 (confidentiality and security), 14 (ethics), 17.2 (visibility), 18 (specific rules for carrying out action), 19 (information) and 20 (record-keeping) also apply to the associated partners.

The beneficiaries must ensure that the bodies mentioned in Article 25 (e.g. granting authority, OLAF, Court of Auditors (ECA), etc.) can exercise their rights also towards the associated partners.

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