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Q: 1) Is it possible to include as eligible direct cost of project a purchase of intangible assets (for example right/license to use existing technology in order to make research regarding further development of development of new technology based on some aspects of the existing ones)? 2) Is there an upper limit of subcontracting costs? (for example no more than 20% of project eligible costs or no more than 100 000 euro etc.)
A: 1) In general the following can be stated: costs are eligible if "used for the sole purpose of achieving the objectives of the project and its expected results, in a manner consistent with the principles of economy, efficiency and effectiveness (Article II.14.1.e) of ECGA". Thus if those rights/licenses are used only for the purpose of the project and are necessary to achieve the project objectives they are - in general - eligible. 2) There is no upper limit for subcontracting costs. However, no core activities should be subcontracted and all relevant research activities should be carried out by beneficiaries ("Usually subcontracts do not concern the research work itself, but tasks or activities needed in order to carry out the research, auxiliary to the main object of the project"). In case you plan to spend a considerable amount on licenses and or subcontracting you should briefly describe/justify these expenditures in the proposal.
Category : FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme) ( Energy )