The financial support to third parties is a mechanism (also known as sub-granting or cascading grants) that allows an action to select users, experimenters and suppliers without making them partners to the consortium. All proposals for actions under 'ICT-11 a. Research and Innovation Actions' are encouraged to involve the selection of additional users and/or experimenters for the action. Therefore, the 'financial support to third parties' may apply to all of them. Please, note that third party financial support is covered by Article 15 of the Grant Agreement and it does not cover cases like subcontracting or the supply of products and services that form part of the action itself (articles 10 and 13 of the grant agreement).
The expected requested funding for large actions is 5-8 M€. We expect that actions request a contribution towards the higher end of this range only in well justified cases, e.g. when covering more than one theme. It would be an advantage to address in your proposals how sustainability of the action can be maintained after the EU funding and the duration of the action are over.
Yes, part of the funding will be allocated to building the experimental facility, to running your own experiments and performing your own research on top of the experimental facility. By "own", we understand the partners of the consortium, the beneficiaries of the funding. As such, you are not considered "third parties" and you cannot receive parts of the funding allocated to third parties.
Please, note that the text under ICT-11 a. can be sub-divided into three sub-points: i.) proposals for the creation, reconfiguration and/or extension of experimental infrastructures; ii.) proposals that leverage GÉANT and iii.) proposals to develop the concepts of EaaS and/or Virtual Experimentation. Proposals are expected to cover one or more of the sub-points, but not necessarily all of them. So a proposal that does not address specifically leveraging GEANT or the EaaS and/or Virtual Experimentation concepts will not be marked down for this reason.
It will depend on the contractual arrangements the beneficiary may impose on the third parties. In any case, note that only beneficiaries remain responsible towards the Commission regarding the technical implementation of the action. In addition, note that the concerned beneficiary must ensure that recipients of the financial support also allow the Commission and the Court of Auditors to exercise their powers of control, on documents, information, even stored on electronic media, or on the final recipient's premises.
The concerned beneficiary must define the payments arrangements to the third parties. Note that these payments are not distribution of the grant amount to be done by the coordinator, as the third parties are not beneficiaries, but a financial support paid by the beneficiary having foreseen it in the proposal to the target population of the activity implemented by said beneficiary.
The concerned beneficiary may impose contractual arrangements on the third parties, in case these third parties do not comply with the requirements established by the beneficiary for supporting them financially. In any case, only beneficiaries remain responsible towards the Commission regarding the implementation of the action.
Yes if foreseen in the contractual arrangements the beneficiary may impose on the third parties. However, note that the beneficiary must ensure that recipients of the financial support also allow the Commission and the Court of Auditors to exercise their powers of control, on documents, information, even stored on electronic media, or on the final recipient's premises.
The treatment of IPR will depend on the contractual arrangements the beneficiary may impose on the third parties. In any event, according to Article 26.3 of the Grant Agreement the beneficiary must ensure in his contractual arrangement with the third party that he can fulfil his obligations under the grant agreement. The WP and call text may also impose some provisions on the treatment of IPRs.
Here we expect proposals for one innovation action that will identify, evaluate and select experimentation ideas and enable them to experiment on top of FIRE+. In essence, this is a broker function, where financial support to third parties is the core of the action. The same principles apply as for the ICT-11 (a) (Article 15 of the Grant Agreement and Part K of the General Annexes). However, it is reasonable to expect that part of the EU funding (in the order of 15 to 25%) will be used by the action as administration costs including for the selection of the ideas. This should be clearly explained and justified in the proposal.