22 November 2019

Can I submit an ERC and a MSCA grant at the same time?

You may submit a proposal for both calls, but in case you should be awarded with both you have to decide for one because double funding (EC money for the same research work in both projects) is not allowed.

ITN: An ITN project is close to the end and has unused amount from the Institutional Costs category. How should they use the money? Do they need to return it?

The use of institutional costs should help the consortium implement the action by covering all research expenses, training and networking activities foreseen in the Description of Action for the benefit of the recruited researchers. In order to achieve the said objectives and whenever there is unusued budget from this category, there is some flexibility as regards its use (redistributions of institutional costs within the consortium are allowed, unused amounts can be used to increase the salary of a researcher or organize additional trainings, etc.).

15 November 2019

NIGHT: Can one organisation be included as a partner in two separate applications? How much can project ideas be related one to another?

An institution could be part of several proposals and projects. The projects must be entirely separate and not refer to one another.

16 September 2019

All Actions: Can someone evaluate MSCA proposals in the same year he/she supports a MSCA application?

No. If you are invovled in the preparation of a proposal to the same call (even only proof reading) you cannot take part in the evaluation.

IF: Can someone be a supervisor for two or more IF applicants in the same call?

Yes, a supervisor can be invovled in more than one proposal.

19 July 2019

IF: Is it possible to have two different Partner Organisations in two different Third Countries during the outgoing phase of a Global Fellowship?

It is not possible to have two different TC partner organisations for the outgoing phase in a GF. It can only be one distinct organisation/country. 
It is possible to spend some time elsewhere on secondment(s), but this is limited to a maximum of six months, and they can only take place in Member States or Associated Countries (not in TC). 

07 June 2019

ITN: Is it allowed to hire a consultancy firm for (parts of) the coordination activities in an ITN? This firm is not mentioned in the proposal and is not included as partner in the consortium either.

Based on the art. 41.2 of the Grant Agreement the Coordinator can delegate an ‘authorisation to administer’ to a third party if the coordinator is an academic institution (secondary or higher education establishment or public body)  and 
(v) ensures that all payments are made to the other beneficiaries without unjustified delay (see Article 21); 
(vi) informs the Agency of the amounts paid to each beneficiary, when required under the Agreement (see Articles 44 and 50) or requested by the Agency. 

For additional information, the Coordinator should inform and discuss directly with the Project Officer.


17 May 2019

All Actions: What is the latest information on the current UK situation in relation to Horizon 2020?

The latest information on the current UK situation in relation to Horizon 2020  can be found at the UKRO (UK research office) website and their fact sheet.

22 July 2018

All Actions: Who can officially clarify eligibility questions before submission?


Eligibility clearance of the proposals is done only after the call deadline. For this reason, REA refrains from clearing eligibility scenarios for any of the applicants (host Institutions or researchers) before the call deadline. Applicants (researchers & institutions) are solely responsible for checking the fulfilment of all eligibility criteria and provide the correct information in the submission forms.

IF: Is part-time work possible in Individual Fellowships?


As mentioned in the Work Programme “Researchers may, in agreement with the supervisor and beneficiary and with prior approval by the Research Executive Agency (REA), implement their project on a part-time basis. Such a request may be introduced during the action implementation.”

Part-time cannot be proposed at the proposal submission stage. The proposed project shall be described on a full-time basis. It can only be requested after the signature of the GA with and amendment request.

In cases of part-time work, all researchers must dedicate at least 50% of their working time to the MSCA action, whether they are working part-time for family or other reasons.
The practical consequence of a part-time implementation (when agreed by REA via an amendment to the GA) is that the end date of the project is postponed and recalculated on the basis of the FTE requested.
All allowances will apply proportionally without the possibility that the total amounts will exceed those that apply for full-time equivalent periods.

Example: if part time 50% is requested at the beginning of a standard IF fellowship of 24 months, the actual duration of the fellowship will be 48 months and the end date postponed accordingly. The total allowances foreseen in the budget are spread on 48 months rather than 24.

As regards the commitment of the researcher to the action, “full” commitment is required considering the time devoted to the project implementation, e.g. if the researcher work on the project on a 0.5 FTE basis, then full commitment is required during the time spent on the project. Currently, providing timesheets to REA is not mandatory. However, Keeping timesheets is a good practice, especially in view of potential future audits.