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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: Can average personnel costs be claimed within an ITN? (All Calls)
A: For the recruited researchers, the personnel costs that can be claimed must correspond to Category A and Categories 1 and 2 Monthly living and mobility allowances, which are amounts defined in the relevant Work Programme. For Category G/4 "Management activities", the Marie Curie grant agreement does not include any provision allowing for average personnel costs to be charged under the agreement. However, the Commission decision of 24.01.2011 adopting measures to make participation in the EU's current Seventh Framework Programme for Research more attractive and more accessible to the best researchers and most innovative companies, especially Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), allows more flexibility in how personnel costs are calculated so that the EU research grant-holders can apply their usual accounting methods when requesting reimbursement for average personnel costs. This measure has retro-active application and beneficiaries can declare average personnel costs under this cost category provided that the costs declared on the basis of average rates: − are calculated in accordance with the usual cost accounting practice; − are based on actual costs (i.e. computed from data from the payroll figures registered in the statutory accounts of the entity); − are excluding ineligible costs (see Article II.14.3 of the multi-beneficiary grant agreement) or double funding (e.g. costs which are to be considered as indirect costs covered by the flat rate under category H); − are calculated on the basis of productive time (rather than billable hours). Please note that under no circumstances are the costs of a Certificate on the Methodology eligible in a Marie Curie Grant Agreement, nor should a Marie Curie Grant Agreement be used as a reason for obtaining a Certificate on the Methodology.
Category : Marie Curie Actions (FP7) ( ITN (Initial Training Networks) ) , ITN (Initial Training Networks) ( Financial Aspects ) , FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme) ( ITN (Initial Training Networks) )


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