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Q: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014 (ETN, EJD, EID) - Can organisations from Other Third Countries participate in ITN?
A: Yes. Participation of Other Third Countries in ITN is possible both as beneficiary and as a partner organisation. To be considered as beneficiary and receive funding from the EU. Other Third Countries (OTC) are divided into two groups:
1) Those listed in the Annex A of the Work Programme may receive funding on the same terms as the EU Member States and H2020 Associated Countries provided that the minimum participation requirements have been met.
2) For those OTCs not listed in the above mentioned Annex A of the Work Programme, the funding of organisations from OTCs can be permitted in exceptional cases, if endorsed by the expert evaluators and if one of the two following conditions is met:
• the participation is deemed essential for carrying out the action;
• such funding is provided for under a bilateral scientific and technological agreement or any other arrangement between the Union and the country in which the legal entity is established. In view of the launch of Horizon 2020, many of the existing S&T agreements between the EU and third countries will expire and are therefore in the process of being renegotiated. Consequently, applicants wishing to include organisations from Other Third Countries not listed in Annex A of the Work Programme in their consortium should for now focus on demonstrating that their participation is essential for carrying out the proposed project.
This will be assessed by the experts during the evaluation. This will be based on the judgment that the participation of the entity in question in the project offers clear benefits to the consortium. These benefits may include, for example, outstanding competence and expertise, access to research infrastructures, access to geographical environments, access to data, etc. This should remain an exception and must be duly justified by the proposers.
Category : MSCA - H2020 Innovative Training Networks