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1. What is Horizon 2020 ?

2. Is my organization a SME ?

3. Companies "financial viability check": How can we check our financial viability?

4. What are the eligibility conditions to participate in a project under Horizon 2020?

5. Does my project idea fit into the relevant call topic?

6. What is the key difference between Horizon 2020 and national or regional funding of Research Innovation?

7. What is the average expected duration of the project?

8. What is the average budget for a proposal ?

9. What is the difference between "third parties" and "subcontractors" ?

10. What is the difference between "buying of services and goods" and "subcontracting" ?

11. Which countries can take part in Horizon 2020 ?

12. I have a question about the first pillar (Excellence in Science Marie Curie). Who can answer me ?

13. What are the different funding rate of this scheme ?

14. What about ethics ?

15. What is expected from participants in relation to gender issues ?

16. What does it mean "two-stage submission scheme"?

17. Is it mandatory to make research data public?

18. What should I do with my project results?

19. Do you have a project ? Do you need more information ?

20. You do not find the relevant information for you project ?

 

GENERAL

1. What is Horizon 2020 ?

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract.

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ADMINISTRATIVE AND LEGAL ASPECTS

2. Is my organization a SME ?

Please refer to the EU definition of an SME. If you're still not sure, please check the EU extensive user guide. In addition, the Horizon 2020 Beneficiary Register - available via the Participant Portal - includes an SME self-assessment test.

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3. Companies "financial viability check": How can we check our financial viability?

To be eligible as a coordinator or getting financial support in some conditions, a company needs to have its financial viability checked The Commission provides this user-friendly electronic tool for applicants so that they could simulate the financial viability check of their organisation for their own information. The tool uses the ratios described in the "Rules on verification of existence, legal status, operational and financial capacity". It is available on Participant Portal.

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4. What are the eligibility conditions to participate in a project under Horizon 2020?

Cf the table below with different instruments :

  Eligibility conditions  
Research & innovation action  

Three legal entities. Each of the three shall be established in a different Member State or associated country. All three legal entities shall be independent of each other.

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 Innovation action

Three legal entities. Each of the three shall be established in a different Member State or associated country. All three legal entities shall be independent of each other.

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Coordination & support action

One legal entity established in a Member State or associated country.

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SME instrument

One for-profit SME. Only applications from SMEs established in EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon 2020.

No concurrent submission or implementation with another phase 1 or phase 2 project.

Three legal entities. Each of the three shall be established in a different Member State or associated country. All three legal entities shall be independent of each other.

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ERA-NET Cofund

Participants in ERA-NET Cofund actions must be research funders: legal entities owning or managing public research and innovation programmes.

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Pre-commercial procurement (PCP) Cofund & Public procurement of Innovative solutions (PPI) Cofund

Three legal entities. Each of the three shall be established in a different Member State or associated country. All three legal entities shall be independent of each other.

A minimum of two independent legal entities which are public procurers from two different Member States or associated countries.

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QUESTIONS ON CALLS AND WORK PROGRAMMES

5. Does my project idea fit into the relevant call topic?

The idea should hit as exact as possible the wording of the topic. An excellent project idea that does not fit the scope, content and expected impact of the topic will not be selected for funding as it will be considered irrelevant to the specific call.
Please contact us to clarify if and where your project idea can be positioned in the different thematics. At NCP Brussels we have dedicated templates and tools to assess your project's idea. Get in touch with us at the relevant contact details page : http://www.ncpbrussels.be/about-ncp-brussels/our-team.

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6. What is the key difference between Horizon 2020 and national or regional funding of Research Innovation?

Proposals submitted under Horizon 2020 must have a European impact. The consortium generally has to be composed of at least three entities coming from three different Member States or Associated Countries (see FAQ nr. 11). If your project idea is focusing on national or regional challenges only, national or regional funding might be more appropriate. In Brussels, see Belspo & Innoviris.

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7. What is the average expected duration of the project?

There is no indicative (average, minimum or maximum) duration recommended in the calls. It will depend on the activities to be implemented. There is also no fixed relationship between duration and budget.

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8. What is the average budget for a proposal ?

Each topic indicates the value (or range) of the requested EC contribution that the EC considers to be suitable. This value should serve as guideline when you set-up your budget, even though you can submit a proposal with a lower or higher requested EC contribution. All proposers should follow principles of efficiency of resources, and all proposals for one topic are evaluated against each other, so if you envisage requesting higher amounts you should provide convincing arguments to do so.

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9. What is the difference between "third parties" and "subcontractors" ?

Third parties are not part of the project consortium and are not partners of the project, but they can be involved in the project indirectly, for example as Subcontractors and Contractors (see FAQ nr. 10).

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10. What is the difference between "buying of services and goods" and "subcontracting" ?

Beneficiaries are deemed capable of executing the tasks of the project themselves. However, they can trust limited parts of the project to other organisations that are not members of the Consortium. If a project partner asks another organization to implement some tasks of the project (typically one or several Tasks described in the Work Packages), it is considered as “Subcontracting” – and no indirect cost can be claimed for this cost item. If a project partner asks another organisation to conduct works that are not essential tasks for the project but that are still needed to support the project execution (ex set-up and maintenance of a project website, room rental and catering for a project meeting, …), it is considered as “Contract for the purchase of goods, works and services” - and 25% indirect cost can be claimed for this cost item.

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11. Which countries can take part in Horizon 2020 ?

Organizations from ANY country in the world can take part in a Horizon 2020 project as coordinator or partner. But only organisations in the 28 Member States of the European Union and in Associated Countries can get funding. Associated Countries are those who have signed a specific agreement with the EU. The list is available here. There are a few exceptions where more countries can get funding due to the specific nature of the topic:

  • When a funding is explicitly foreseen in the Call check the topic description carfully;
  • When funding is provided under a bilateral scientific and technological agreement or any other arrangement between the Union and an international organization or a third country.

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12. I have a question about the first pillar (Excellence in Science Marie Curie). Who can answer me ?

If your research organization belongs to the French speaking community you should contact FNRS. If you belongs to the Dutch speaking community you should contact : FWO.
For others questions on the Second and Third Pillars are Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges, contact us.

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13. What are the different funding rate of this scheme ?

A unique funding rate is foreseen in the Horizon 2020 Programme, without differences between types of beneficiaries. This is a major simplification compared to the previous (FP7) progeamme, and should reduce the number of errors in the financila reporting. For the Research and Innovation Actions the rate is 100% of direct costs, while for the Innovation Actions the rate is 100% for no-profit organisations and 70% for profit. Whether the topic is a RIA ou an IA is not up to you to decide, but is defined by the EC in the call. Additional indirect Costs are calculated as 25% of the direct cost (except for subcontracting and third parties). This rate is the same for No-profit and profit.

EU funding rates

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14. What about ethics ?

The ethics (including, but not limited to research on embryonic stem cells, data protection and privacy, novel foods and more) and their rules are unchanged from FP7. All research must comply with ethical principles and relevant national, EU and international legislation, including the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights.
The opinions of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies will be taken into account.

The process to assess and address the ethical dimension of activities funded under Horizon 2020 is called the Ethics Appraisal Procedure.

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ethics

15. What is expected from participants in relation to gender issues ?

Horizon 2020 requires that project partners aim for gender equality at all levels of personnel including supervision and management. A good gender balance in the project team is one of the criteria applied by evaluators to differentiate between ex aequo proposals. So applicants are well advised to set-up and prpose gender-balanced teams, without harming the quality of the research & innovation team of course.

Aiming at a good gendered-balance is a legal obligation under Horizon 2020, however if a good gender balance could not be achieved, project partners should explain (and be able to show evidence) of the steps and measures that were taken in order to achieve balanced participation of women and men.

More info on http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/docs/h2020-funding-guide/cross-cutting-issues/gender_en.htm or contact your Legal & Financial NCP.

Researchers are also encouraged to take into account the gender dimension of their research & innovation and to engage in gendered innovation. Some topics make an explicit reference to the gendered aspects of the research, and proposers are then strongly advised to integrate this aspect in their proposal.

References and tools on gendered innovation are available http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/grants_manual/hi/gender/h2020-hi-guide-gender_en.pdf.

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16. What does it mean "two-stage submission scheme"?

You must submit a 'short outline proposal' for the first stage and you will be invited to submit your 'full proposal' for the second stage, if you pass the first-stage evaluation.
The full proposal must be consistent with the short outline proposal and may not differ substantially.

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17. Is it mandatory to make research data public?

In Horizon 2020, the Open Access (OA) is mandatory so that results of publicly-funded research can be disseminated more broadly and faster, to the benefit of researchers, innovative industries and citizens. Open access can also boost the visibility of European research, and in particular offer small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) access to the latest research for beneficial use.

According to the European Commission modern research are built on extensive scientific dialogue and advances by improving earlier work. Moreover, the Europe 2020 strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy underlines the central role of knowledge and innovation in generating growth. Fuller and wider access to scientific publications and data therefore help to:

  • build on previous research results (improved quality of results);
  • foster collaboration and avoid duplication of effort (greater efficiency);
  • accelerate innovation (faster to market = faster growth);
  • involve citizens and society (improved transparency of the scientific process).

For these reasons, the European Union strives to improve access to scientific information and to boost the benefits of public investment in the research funded under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 (2014-2020).
The European Commission's vision is that information already paid for by the public purse should not be paid for again each time it is accessed or used, and that it should benefit European companies and citizens to the full. This means making publicly-funded scientific information available online, at no extra cost, to European researchers, innovative industries and citizens, while ensuring long-term preservation.

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18. What should I do with my project results?

Horizon 2020 imposes that researchers disseminate and exploit results of the funded projects, in so far as they are reasonably exploitable. Proposers and successful beneficiaries should therefore pay attend to their project results dissemination and exploitation plan, in line with their organisations strategies.

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19. Do you have a project ? Do you need more information ?

If you want more information we can set up an appointment. Please feel free to contact us.

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20. You do not find the relevant information for you project ?

Please check the European Commission's FAQ. You can check too the European Agency for SME's (EASME) FAQ.

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