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For an easy-to-read introduction to FP7 in 21 languages, see the brochure, "FP7 - tomorrow's answers
start today", on Understanding the Seventh Framework Programme


FP7 was the European Union's Research and Innovation
funding programme for 2007-2013.
The current programme is Horizon 2020
but there are many projects funded under FP7 which are still running.

Frequently Asked Questions about FP7

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Q: Participants may opt to declare average personnel costs if certified in accordance with a methodology approved by the Commission and consistent with the management principles and usual accounting practices of the participant. What is this methodology? How can a participant apply for such a certification?
A: As set out in Article 31(3) of the FP7 Rules for Participation instead of claiming their actual (real) direct costs of personnel involved in the project, beneficiaries may use average personnel costs if they are consistent with the management principles and accounting practices of the participant and do not differ significantly from actual costs. In order to use the above-mentioned option, the following requirements have to be fulfilled: 1) it is the beneficiary's normal practice to use average personnel costs, eg for the purposes of other activities it takes part in, and 2) the method by means of which the average rates are calculated have to be accepted by the Commission. For this purpose the Commission has to receive a certificate issued by an auditor following the terms of reference established in Annex VII (Form E) of the model Grant agreement. Further information is available in the Guidance Notes for Beneficiaries and Auditors at the following address:

For further information please see :  Guidance Notes for Beneficiaries and Auditors 

Category : FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme) , Contracts and legal issues


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