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Finance Helpdesk Newsletter #54

Upcoming Open Finance Helpdesk Workshops

Update to the Horizon 2020 Annotated Model Grant Agreements V5.0

Updated Model Grant Agreement V5.0

Horizon2020 Audits

H2020 Guidance on List of issues applicable to particular countries is updated V1.5

Rules on Legal Entity Validation, LEAR appointment and Financial Capacity Assessment V1.0

Ethical Managers

 

Upcoming Open Finance Helpdesk Workshops:

 

Our Financial Workshops have been majorly updated, now would be the time to come back for a refresher course.

 

05/11/2018      2 Day Financial Workshop in Vienna - Including an introduction to Horizon Europe

 

Please Remember: The Finance Helpdesk is happy to come to your premises and hold a Customised Workshop for your Organisation or Project. Please contact us here to find out more.

 

Update to the Horizon 2020 Annotated Model Grant Agreements V5.0

The H2020 Annotated Model Grant Agreement was finally updated on 3 July 2018 to be in line with the Updated Model Grant Agreement V5.0 (below). The "history of changes" table at the beginning of the document lists the updated articles. In addition, a small green sign was put on the left-hand margin of the document next to the changed paragraphs/sections.

To download, please click here.

 

Updated Model Grant Agreement V5.0

The Horizon 2020 Model Grant Agreements were updated on 18 October 2017 to version 5.0.

To view please click here.

 

Horizon2020 Audits

Last year, the Commission started their audits of Horizon2020 Projects. In case, you find your organisation in the position of having to undergo an H2020 Audit there is a very important document that you should be aware of. It is called the H2020 Indicative Audit Programme. It is well hidden within the Commission website and so we are highlighting it here.

To download please click here.

 

 

H2020 Guidance on List of issues applicable to particular countries is updated V1.5

The H2020 Guidance on List of issues applicable to particular countries was updated on 28 June 2018 to version 1.5 and now includes updates for France.

To view please click here.

 

H2020 Periodic Reporting Templates updated V2.1

The Commission have updated their templates for periodic reporting to V2.1 please make sure you use it.

To download please click here.

 

Rules on Legal Entity Validation, LEAR appointment and Financial Capacity Assessment V1.0

On the 6th January 2018, the Commission published the first version of the "Rules on Legal Entity Validation, LEAR Appointment and Financial Capacity Assessment"

To Download please click here.

 

Brexit implications for H2020 Projects

Despite the press, The Commission and the UK Government have been working hard to ensure that the UK is still an active part of this and Future Framework programs.

 

It is expected that the UK Withdrawal paper will be ratified in the Autumn, this will mean that:

 

the UK will continue to draw advantages from the normal management of projects and programmes funded through the current Multiannual Financial Framework until their closure”

 

and…

 

“In respect of the implementation of the Union programmes and activities committed under the MFF 2014-2020 or previous financial perspectives, applicable Union law, including the rules on financial corrections and on clearance of accounts, shall continue to apply with regard to the United Kingdom after 31 December 2020 until the closure of those Union programmes and activities.”

 

However, in the unlikely event of a ‘no deal’ scenario, the UK’s departure from the EU would mean UK organisations may be unable to access funding for Horizon 2020 projects after exit day. However, the Chancellor announced in August and October 2016 that the government will guarantee funding for competitively bid EU projects submitted before the UK leaves the EU, including Horizon 2020 projects. This guarantee will cover all successful bids submitted by UK participants before the UK exits the EU, for the full duration of the projects.

 

In July 2018, the Chief Secretary laid a written ministerial statement (HCWS926) extending this guarantee to provide further stability for UK organisations in a ‘no deal’ scenario. The guarantee now additionally covers funding for successful bids where UK organisations are able to participate as a third country in competitive EU grant programmes. This extension runs from exit day until the end of 2020.

In the unlikely event of a ‘no deal’ scenario, UK researchers and businesses would be able to apply to and participate in all those Horizon 2020 calls open to third country participants from the date of exit, with funding provided via the extended guarantee. 

 

The UK Government have published an overview document specifically addressing the Brexit / H2020 issue that can be downloaded from here.

 

Some Q and As:

 

Q: Will UK beneficiaries in existing projects continue to receive EU funding?

A: The draft Withdrawal Agreement envisages that existing projects will continue to receive an uninterrupted flow of EU funding for the lifetime of the project.

 

Q: Will UK participants continue to be able to bid for Horizon 2020 funding after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU?

A: The draft Withdrawal Agreement envisages that UK participants will be eligible to bid for Horizon 2020 funding for the duration of the programme, including after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

 

Q: Will UK participants be eligible to participate in and coordinate Horizon 2020 consortia?

A: The draft Withdrawal Agreement envisages full UK participation in Horizon 2020 for the lifetime of projects, which includes participating in and coordinating consortia.

 

Q: Will UK participants be eligible to bid for individual Horizon 2020 grants?

A: The draft Withdrawal Agreement envisages full UK participation in Horizon 2020 for the lifetime of projects, which includes individual grants.

 

Q: Will UK participants in Framework Programme 7 continue to receive EU funding?

A: The draft Withdrawal Agreement envisages that existing projects will continue to receive an uninterrupted flow of EU funding for the lifetime of the project. This includes funding for FP7 participants.

 

Ethical Managers:

Ethics is given the highest priority in EU funded research: all the activities carried out under Horizon 2020 must comply with ethical principles and relevant national, EU and international legislation.


The most common ethical issues include:

  • privacy and data protection issues,
  • the involvement of children, patients, vulnerable populations,
  • the use of human embryonic stem cells,
  • research on animals and non-human primates.

 

The Finance Helpdesk has an Ethics wing and we are included in many projects as Ethical Managers to ensure that all the rules are being followed.

 

If you are interested in inviting the Finance-Helpdesk to participate as a partner in your proposal, please contact info@finance.helpdesk.org in the first instance and include a brief proposal abstract mentioning the call topic.

 

The Finance Helpdesk Team.

 

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