The EU contribution is allocated to the coordinator. The coordinator shall distribute the contribution to each beneficiary according to own staff seconded to other participants (including the other EU/AC organisations in inter-sectorial secondments) to the RISE consortium plus the secondments of staff from TC partners to its organisation. Other financial arrangements may be concluded in the partnership agreement depending on the specific necessities of each project.
As a general rule, the EU contribution must be directly managed by the beneficiaries of the project established in Member States/Associated Countries. However, under the responsibility of the sending organisation established in MS/AC, the EU contribution can be transferred to the TC. It is highly encouraged to define these financial arrangements in a partnership agreement according to the needs of the project.
All the budget parts under RISE are unit costs, so no actual costs. Provided that the secondment has occurred, the budget is directly linked to the actual duration of the secondment and calculated on that basis as mentioned in the Guide for Applicants. Therefore, there is no need to demonstrate how the associated budget has been actually used or to provide evidence of actual expenditure incurred. It is only necessary to demonstrate that the declared secondment really took place at the dates which have been reported. This can be done by any means depending on the internal practices of the beneficiaries but must be adequate enough to provide a clear and not doubtful justification about the actual duration of the secondments declared.
In general, the distribution of the money (Researcher Costs and Institutional Costs) is up to the consortium to decide, but if the coordinator and beneficiaries decide to send money outside of the EU, this is at their own risk.
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