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  1. Financial Rules of the 7th Research Framework Programme Nicole Schröder INCO-NET MIRA - Training Seminar for Palestine Information Point in Cyprus

  2. Content • Project Funding • Reimbursement of costs • Eligible Costs • Financial Management • Funding Limits • Budget Calculation • Grant Negotiation • Grant Agreement and Consortium Agreement

  3. General • Topmost principle: no profit (Annex II.18.3) • Total amount of payment by the Commission shall not exceed in any circumstances the amount of the contribution (Annex II.18.4) • Calculating the budget in accordance with the usual accounting and management principles and practices of the beneficiary (Annex II.14.1.d)

  4. Remark • All themes open to third countries in FP7 • institutions • can be consortium members in most projects • however: without receiving funds by the commission unless funding is in a specific call explicity announced or unless participation is essential for carrying out a project (industrialised countries funded only if indispensable for the project) • have to calculate the person months and costs according to their usual accounting and management principles • input should be identified in Annex I • estimated budget will be included as part of the total costs of the project (but not as part of the EC contribution)

  5. Pre-Financing • Contribution shall be paid to the coordinator • Coordinator passes thecontribution on to the partners (Annex II.2) • in accordance with • Grant Agreement • decisions taken by the consortium • without unjustified delay       

  6. Upper Funding Limits • Contribution shall be determined by applying the upper funding limits per activity (Annex II.18) • Activities: • Research and technological development activities (RTD) incl. innovation related activities • Creating new knowledge, new technology and products • Demonstration activities • Designed to prove the viability of new technologies (prototypes) • Other activities • Dissemination, networking, intellectual property, • Management activities • Training activities

  7. Upper Funding Limits • Research & Development: max. 50% except: • Non-profit public bodies, secondary and higher education establishments; research organisations (non-profit): max. 75% • Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) max. 75% • Demonstration activities: max. 50% • Coordination and support actions: max. 100% • Other Activities: max. 100% Grant Agreement, (Annex II.16)

  8. Positive definitionNegative definition Eligible Costs

  9. Eligible Costs – Direct Costs Direct costs(Annex II.15.1) • can be attributed directly to the project • in accordance with the accounting principles and the usual internal rules of the beneficiary • direct costs: • personnel costs • only costs of actual hours worked by the persons directly carrying out the work may be charged • travel costs • consumables • equipment Grant Agreement (Annex II.15.1)

  10. Eligible Costs – Indirect Costs Indirect costs also called Overhead • cannot be identified as being directly attributed to the project • incurred in direct relationship with the eligible direct costs • can be identified and justified by the accounting system as being incurred • may not include any eligible direct costs • examples for indirect costs: • renting or depreciation of buildings, water/gas/electricity, office equipment, communication and postage • horizontal services such as administrative management Grant Agreement (Annex II.15.2)

  11. Eligible Costs – Indirect Costs • Indirect costs may be identified according to one of the following methods: • Based on actual indirect costs • Beneficiaries which have an analytical accounting system • Use of simplified method of calculation is acceptable, where organisation does not have an accounting system with detailed cost allocation • Beneficiaries may opt for a flat rate of 20% • of its total direct eligible costs • excluding subcontracting and recources made availabe by third parties

  12. Eligible Costs – Indirect Costs • Some beneficiaries may opt for a flat rate of 60% • of its total direct eligible costs, excluding subcontracting and resources made availabe by third parties • as non-profit public bodies, secondary and higher education establishments, research organisations and SME‘s • if they are unable to identify with certainty their real indirect costs • when participating in collaborative project or network of excellence • called special transition flat rate, because it may be reduced under calls closing after 31 December 2009 • Exception: coordination and support actions • Indirect costs may reach a maximum of 7% of total direct eligible costs • excluding subcontracting and recources made availabe by third parties

  13. Budget Calculation (an example) SME as partner in a large research project

  14. Eligible Costs - Lump sums for ICPC • Lump sums for International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPC) • Palestinia is an ICPC • ICPC – Countries got the option being reimbursed on the basis of eligible costs or may opt for lump sums • Lump sum contribution is definded per country income group in the „list of ICPC economies“ Economy contribution (€/researcher/year) low income 8 000 € lower middle income 9 800 € upper middle income20 700 € • Upper funding limits has to be applied • Lump sum is deemed to cover all costs Guide to Financial Issues, p. 59 ff

  15. Example: a university is participant in a small collaborative project, duration 3 years, with 4 reseachers full time and 1 researcher part time working on the project Palestina - lower middle income country only carries out RTD-activities => country income group : lower middle income 9 800 € / researcher / year => contribution: 9 800 EUR*4.5*3*0.75 = 99 225 € Eligible Costs - Lump sums for ICPC incl. personnel, travel, equipment, consumables, subcontracts, indirect costs (Income group)*(researcher-years)*(duration)*(reimbursement rate)=contribution

  16. Reporting incl. Financial reporting • Audits • Facing the Irregularities

  17. Reporting duty according to Annex II.4 • All reports and deliverables shall be delivered by the coordinator ( Annex II.2.3) • Periodic reports, including financial statements of each benefiaciary • final report and final financial statement       

  18. Reporting • Periodic reports to be submitted by coordinator 60 days after end of period: • overview of progress of the work, including a publishable summary report, • use of the resources and • Financial Statement (Form C) • Final reports to be submitted by coordinator 60 days after end of project: • publishable summary report, conclusions and socioeconomic impact, • covering wider societal implications and a plan on use and dissemination of foreground

  19. Reporting • Commission has 105 days to evaluate and execute the corresponding payment • No tacit approval of reports • After reception Commission may: • Approve • Suspend the time-limit requesting revision/completion • Reject them giving justification, possible termination • Suspend the payment

  20. Reports for ICPC (Financial Guide) ICPC beneficiaries with a reimbursement on the basis of lump sums: • only have to report on the time devoted to the project and not on the costs incurred • will include the financial Form C and the number of actual hours worked by the researchers on the project • beneficiary will keep a record of time (e.g. timesheets)

  21. Direct Costs- Personal Cost Beispiel eines timesheets

  22. Reports - Financial Statement (Form C) 300000 20000 20000 0 340000 50000 2000 0 52000 0 20000 0 200000 230000 10000 24000 0 300000 18000 342000 0 0 0 0 0 48000 66000 850000 0 964000 637500 24000 0 727500 66000 727500

  23. Certification • Certificate on financial statement (Audit Certificate): • shall be submitted when the amount of the contribution claimed by a beneficiary equals or exceeds 375 000 €, when cumulated with all previous payments (except for project of 2 years or less: CFS submitted at the end) • shall certify that the costs meet the conditions required by the Grant Agreement • does not need to be submitted for beneficiaries paid on the basis of lump sum • if a certification on the methodology is provided only one financial statement is required at the end

  24. Certificate on the Financial Statements (Annex II.4.4., Version 06.02.07) Certificates on the Financial Statements Form D – Annex VII • Certificate has to be submitted when the amount of the grant claimed by one beneficiary is equal or superior to 375.000 EUR, cumulated by all previous payments End Duration of one partner with four reporting periods Start 150.000 € Pre-financing 300.000 € 150.000 € 150.000 € Final payment Sum of prefinancing 300.000 € 750.000 € 450.000 € 600.000 € Financial report, certificate on the financial statement Financial report,no certificate on the financial statement

  25. Liability The Financial Responsibility of each beneficiary shall be limited to its own debts (II.20) • Participants implement the work jointly and severally towards the Community and carry out work of a defaulting partner unless the Commission relieves them of that obligation (not = FP6 financial collective responsibility) • Commission to assess risk of default and establishes a Guarantee Fonds, a mechanism to cover financial loss (i.e. to replace financial collective responsibility in FP 6) • If implementation of the project is impossible or participants fail to implement it, the Commission shall ensure its termination

  26. P Liability – Guarantee Fonds P1- failing Beneficiary UNI P K Recovery Order against the failing beneficiary issued by the COM to the benefit of the Fonds 5% 1% of the Financial Contribution interests 5 % of the Financial Contribution (Pre-financing) Recovery Amount due to the COM COM

  27. Audits • Commission has the right to carry out technical and financial audits of EU-projects during project implementation and up to five years after the completion of the project • Audits can be carried out by • Specialised commission staff or OLAF • Subcontractors of the commission • European Court of auditors • Audits are usually carried out on the basis of a random sample (institutions with several EU-projects will be audited sooner or later) • Audits will be carried out on the basis of a specific audit programme carrying out certain tests

  28. Audits Technical Audits: • The aim of a technical audit is to assess the work carried out under the project over a certain period, by evaluating the project reports and relevant deliverables: • fulfillment of the project work plan and the related deliverables; • resources planned and utilized in relation to the achieved progress, in a manner consistent with the principles of economy, efficiency and effectiveness; • the management procedures and methods of the project; • the beneficiaries’ contributions and integration within the project; • the expected potential impact in economic, competition and social terms, and the • beneficiaries' plan for the use and dissemination of foreground.

  29. Audits Financial Audits: • Financial audits may cover financial, systemic and other aspects (such as accounting and management principles) relating to the proper execution of the grant agreement • Participants shall keep the originals or, in exceptional cases, duly authenticated copies – including electronic copies - of all documents relating to the grant agreement for up to five years after the project • Auditors must have access to the beneficiary's offices, to its computer data, to its accounting data and to all the information needed to carry out those audits, including information on individual salaries of persons involved in the project • The Commission shall take all appropriate measures, including the issuing of recovery orders regarding all or part of the payments made by it and the application of any applicable sanction

  30. Consequences of Irregularities • Repayment of unjustified EU-contribution including interest owned • Will be deduced by GD-Budget from next payment of the Commission independent from programme and project • In case of apparent systematic irregularities appear (VAT generally not deducted, use of wrong degression rate, wrong hourly rates for labour costs): • Commission can decide to audit additional projects • In severel cases: financial penalties and temporary exclusion from further EU-projects of the whole institution

  31. Consequences of Irregularities • Participants making false declarations or have seriously failed to meet their obligations under the grant agreement shall be liable to financial penalties of between 2% and 10% of their EU-grant • The rate may be increased to 4% - 20% in the event of a repeated offence within five years following the first infringement • In this case, beneficiaries shall be excluded from all Community grants for a maximum of two years

  32. Irregularities Frequent Irregularities: • VAT not deducted • Missing time sheets for personell costs • Calculation of personell costs with average hourly rates • Purchase of equipment before project start • Purchase of equipment not necessary for project implementation (or:purchase not the best solution) • Degression rate not justified • Unjustified travel costs • Indirect costs contain elements not relevant for project

  33. Information • Information on research programmesand projects: • EU research: • Seventh Framework Programme: • RTD info magazine: • Information requests:

  34. Sources of Information NCPs (exist in each country for each programme) • Internet • Kommission: • Europa-Server: • German Portal to FRP: • EU-Büro des BMBF:

  35. EU-Bureau Contact For further information, please contact Nicole Schröder Tel: +49 228 3821-658 Marita Düsterhöft-Lange Tel: +49 228 3821-652 EU-Bureau of the BMBF