IF-RI-panel: What does "direct mobility from the TC to MS or AC" exactly refer to?

Direct mobility from the TC to the MS or AC where the beneficiary is located refers to the country and not to the host institution. This means that a researcher who has moved back to an MS or AC and started working at an organisation A is eligible to apply for a fellowship with organisation B in the same country.

IF: Is it true that the Financial Statement is prefilled?

Yes, the units and costs per unit reported in the financial statement are calculated by the system and are not editable. The Financial Statement is generated automatically and only constitutes the request for payment of the balance. This means that if the research and training activities took place according to the AnnexI (and any deviation was justified), the costs incurred are considered eligible.

IF: How to deal with the mobility rule/eligibility in the case of a researcher who resides in country A and works in country B?

The two determining elements of the mobility rule are the actual physical place of residence and the place of main activitiy.
This means that a priori the researcher would not be eligible to apply in one of the two countries. However, particular cases such as telework would be treated individually and analysed on a case by case basis during the eligibility check.

IPR-helpdesk: Which services can be expected?

The IPR-helpdesk proofreads consortium agreements/partnership agreements with a focus on IP related clauses like - ownership, access rights, confidentiality, dissemination, use. Furthermore, the helpdesk answers questions directly related to IP, which do not concern national laws.

COFUND 2017: Can researchers who are already permanently employed at any of the participating organisations benefit from a COFUND programme?

While in the Guide for Applicants 2016 it was stated that "researchers with a permanent position could benefit from a COFUND programme if moving to another organisation and complying with the mobility rule during, for example, a sabbatical leave" this is not the case anymore in the Guide for applicants 2017, where it says "support can not be awarded to researchers who are already permanently employed at any of the participating organisations."

COFUND 2017: How to add partners in part A of the proposal?

Since the "Call specific questions" on partners/table with all partners in section 5 of part A have now disappeared, partners have to be added in step 4 of the proposal submission procedure.

REA clarified that organisations do not need to be validated, but they will need to have a PIC. Once partners are inserted, the list will appear automatically in the part A.

IF: Should the Seal of Excellence be mentioned in the CV / track record of a re-submitted proposal?

For the submission of the same or very similar proposal, information about the Seal of Excellence should not be included in the proposal as it provides a reference for the outcome of the previous evaluation. REA wants to ensure impartiality and euqality of treatment of all proposals.

What are the minimum requirements for the letter of commitment?

  • Heading or stamp from the institution
  • Up-to-date (i.e. issued after the call publication date)
  • An explicit reference to the proposal (call and acronym)
  • The text must demonstrate the will to actively participate i the proposed action and the precise role (taking into regard the different aims of the respective MSCA)
  • Signed by the legal representative

RISE: When is the minimum lenght of a month for secondements reached?

1.The minimum length of 1 month is reached if either:

a. The secondment starts on day n of a month (month N) and ends on day n-1 of the next month (month N+1) – If there is only 1 period of secondment (or several consecutive ones) or
b. The duration of the several secondments periods adds up to 30 days – If there are at least 2 non-consecutives periods of secondment.

2. EU funding is to be paid as a pro-rata of 30 days, in case part of a secondment is not a full month. (Of course only EU funding is only eligible for the cases where at least 1 month of secondment is reached for the respective researcher, as defined in point 1.a and 1.b). The calculation of the funding for each month is to be done as follows:

a. A full month is reached if the secondment starts on day n in month N and ends day n-1 in month N+1

b. When a full month is not reached, the remaining days are a pro-rata of 30 days (each of the 3 categories: 2000, 1800, 700 is paid as pro-rata).

Exchange rates: How do I deal with exchange rates when the living allowance (IF, ITN) or top-up allowance (RISE) is paid in local currency but reported in Euros?

Beneficiaries can use conservative exchange rates during the reporting period and pay the balance at the end (see annotated GA 6.1.A section 1.3).