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In the new Form C there are several options for the legal type: physical person, non-profit, non-commercial, international organisation, SME, other. What is the difference between non-profit and non-commercial?


In the CPF’s etc there are definitions:


GOV: Governmental (local, regional or national public or governmental organizations e. g. libraries, hospitals, schools);

INO: International Organization (i.e. an international organization established by national governments);

JRC: Joint Research Centre (the Joint Research Centre of the European Community);
PUC: Public Commercial Organization (i.e. commercial organization established and owned by a public authority) ;

PRC: Private Commercial Organization including Consultant (i.e. any commercial organizations owned by individuals either directly or by shares, physical persons);
EEIG: European Economic Interest Group;

PNP: Private Organization, Non Profit (i.e. any privately owned non profit organization).


On the other hand in the form C the options are different.

We can find no guidance on the definitions within form C but detail below our own views:


physical person, - defined in Financial Guidelines

non-profit,  - NGO’s doing research/charity without expecting profit – all finance from external « donation » type sources.

non-commercial, NGO or Government organization which does not expect any commercial outcome, usually long term research etc or service provided at subsidized rate.

international organization, - Cross border organization

SME, - see definitions from many sources of EU (well known to most partners in projects)

Other – anything else.


This is another example of forms emanating from EU different sources without coordination of the material. Our hope is FP7 will have external reviewers of forms by accountants/auditors using them regularly, which will avoid this type of confusion.

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