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In-house Workshops

In-house workshops can be arranged at your organisation, more details...

Brussels Workshops

Dates for the next Brussels workshops:

2 Day: Finance in Horizon 2020, 4 & 5 July 2017

Check the workshop schedule for all forthcoming Brussels events

Cambridge Workshops

Dates for the next Cambridge Workshops:

Consortium Agreements for Horizon 2020, 4 October 2017

Coordinating Horizon 2020 Projects, 15 November 2017

Check the workshop schedule for all forthcoming Cambridge events

Advice

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Singleimage provides advice to organisations preparing proposals for Horizon 2020 collaborative research projects, negotiating grant agreements with the EC, or trying to understand which consortium agreement terms best meet their needs.

Services cover: Proposal Review, Financial-Rules, Intellectual Property Rights and Management Structure and Processes

 

 

Proposal Review:

Reading a proposal draft to identify areas in need of improvement.
 
Newcomers to EC projects often find it difficult to understand EC requirements, despite - or maybe because of - the extensive Guides for Applicants and many supporting documents such as the grant agreement, guide for beneficiaries, financial guidelines and IPR guidelines. As a result, many proposals score less well in the evaluation than they merit.

An independent review of a proposal draft can help maximise its chances of success.


  

Financial Rules:

Reviewing the organisation's cost recording to ensure it is adequate for EC purposes.

The European Commission audits 10% or more of all grants it funds, in FP7 and Horizon 2020. The average overclaim shown by its audits is about 5%, compared with a target of 2%. Those found to be overclaiming have to repay the excess. If their errors are systematic, then they may also be required to repay similar overclaims on other projects.

We can review one of your financial claims before it is submitted to the EC, to identify breeches of the EC’s rules. And if you are audited by the EC, we can help you interpret their report and reply to any criticisms.


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Intellectual-Property-Rights:

Checking the IPR section of a draft consortium agreement and the proposal (or Description of Work) to identify potential problems.

A major benefit of collaborative research is the sharing of ideas and expertise to achieve more than by working alone. Easy access to the intellectual property of consortium members when needed is important if the project - and subsequent exploitation - is not to be inhibited. But laxity can lead to leakage of valuable information or indefinite commitments.

A well designed consortium agreement can secure access to the IPR you need while minimising the risks involved when working closely with other organisations.


  

Management-Structure and Processes:

Checking the management section of the consortium agreement and the proposal (or Description of Work) to ensure that a project is manageable.

The EC provides a grant on condition that targeted results are in fact achieved. Formally, each consortium member is responsible for delivering all results, not just fulfilling its role in the project. But the EC grant agreement makes no provision for project management, leaving the consortium to decide how their efforts will be synchronised and harmonised. If this is not well addressed in the formal documents, late delivery or poor quality work by one partner can lead to cost and time overruns for all.

The right management processes can help avoid problems in collaborative working, allowing the consortium to focus on achieving results.