• Public or private higher education establishments awarding academic degrees;
• Public or private non-profit research organisations whose primary mission is to pursue research;
• International European Interest Organisations.
All other organisations are by default non-academic.
If an entity does not yet have a draft PIC number, it can be obtained easily by following the instructions via http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/funding/index.html.
The validation is managed centrally for all H2020 beneficiaries. If you believe that the validation is incorrect, the Legal Entity Appointed Representative (LEAR) of the organisation can ask for a correction and changes in the organisation’s legal classification through the participant portal. The access can be found in “My Personal Area” at http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/home.html