30 November 2022

ITN: Is the 40% rule also respected in case of a later transfer - if a beneficiary wants to leave the consortium and another beneficiary would take over the PMs of an ESR?

Yes, the 40% rule is valid during the lifetime of the project. The coordinator of the project should contact the project officer if any unexpected circumstances happen.

ITN: Two ESRs from the same ITN project are married to each other. Are both of them eligible to receive family allowance?

Both are eligible for the family allowance. The family allowance depends on the status of each person (both are married, does not matter to whom), it does not depend on the household.

ITN: A coordinator of an ITN project received an email on Dissemination and Exploitation of their results stating that they need to make sure that the project website is sustainable for the next years, as a minimum in a static form, but preferably with new added content. What does “next years” mean?

The website of the project should be kept for several years after the project end. It is advised to keep the website (in some form) for five years after the project ends, in line with the Grant Agreement article 18.1 on p. 173.

ITN: Is there a minimum/ maximum price for accommodation during secondments?

There are no minimum or maximum prices for travel in MSCA projects. However, internal rules of the participating organisations and national regulations have to be respected.

14 November 2022

ITN: A university had to use a small amount from the Β1. Research, Training & Networking costs category to top up the payment of a researcher. Is there a chance that the researcher cannot prove their dedication to the project in the case of audit?

It is allowed to use an unspent part of the institutional costs to complete the fellow’s salary (but not the opposite). Still, this should not prevent from implementing the project as planned. In case of an audit, it will be checked if the fellows were eligible, that they received the total amount of “researcher’s costs” (living, mobility and family allowances, if relevant), that the recruitment and hosting conditions were appropriate, and that the project was implemented as planned.

ITN: Are early-stage researchers entitled to receive daily allowances during their secondments?

Only the reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses is mandatory. If the beneficiary wants to pay daily allowances to the researcher, it is possible, if they have enough funding remaining.

30 August 2022

IF: A researcher who has an Individual Fellowship which is ending in 4 months has found an attractive job offer and is thinking of terminating the fellowship in order not to lose the new job. Is this legally acceptable by the EC?

Yes, it is possible to terminate the fellowship earlier than planned, especially if the fellow has found an attractive job offer. The host institution needs to put in place an amendment to terminate the grant. The amounts corresponding to unspent months will have to be returned to the EC, but the funding corresponding to the project months already implemented does not have to be returned.

02 August 2022

COFUND: Is a researcher, employed through a H2020 MSCA COFUND, entitled to a family allowance if their family status change after they were recruited?

A COFUND project can be designed in many different ways and it is up to the beneficiary to decide how the researchers are funded. If the beneficiary wants to include family allowance after the recruitment, it is OK, but it is not a formal requirement from the EC/ REA. It can of course be evaluated positively from the evaluators as a clear support to offer the best conditions to the fellows. In addition, this would be unlikely, as in H2020 the MSCA rules did not foresee changes in the eligibility for family allowance during the fellowship duration.

30 June 2022

IF: A fellow recruited by an institution in country A would like to work part-time: 6 months in country A and 6 months in Country B - 50% of their time while in country A and 50% of their time while in country B. Is that possible?

REA does not implement 6 months in country A and 6 months in country B as part-time work. In the MSCA IF, part time for personal or professional reasons allows researchers to reduce their full-time daily activities. The researcher currently working for the MSCA project in country A should suspend the action to go to country B for a period of 6 months.

In any case, the beneficiary should contact the REA Project Officer in charge to discuss more in details the part-time project implementation.

IF: Could RTN costs be used for a top up to the salary of the researcher? If yes, which is the best way to do it - as a monthly top up or at the end of the project?

Yes, it is possible to use RTN costs for a top-up. The method is up to the host organisation and should depend on the circumstances and their normal practices. For one, it could be difficult to know beforehand how much of the funds will be unused, so it could be difficult to determine how big the monthly top-up should be. On the other hand, a large one-off payment could influence the researcher’s taxation regime.