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Finance Helpdesk Newsletter #41

Finance Helpdesk Webinars are launched

Upcoming Finance Helpdesk Workshops

How to avoid common errors identified in cost claims leaflet

FREE downloadable FP7 book V2.11 available now.

A new version of Participant Portal has been released

Guide to Financial Issues Version 5

Eligibility of taxes and charges related to personnel leaflet

Problems with an EU Audit?

Finance Helpdesk Webinars are launched.

The Finance Helpdesk will be holding Webinars periodically on specific topics.

Our first Catalogue contains our online Financial Training Modules targeted towards the Cooperation Program.

 

Currently, the available Webinars in Catalogue 1 are listed below. Please note, we will be adding many more dates, for more information, just keep an eye on the Catalogue page (we suggest you bookmark it).

To view Catalogue 1 please click here.

 

**New** Public Webinars:

11/04/2012 Webinar: Module 3 - Budgeting for FP7 Proposals

17/04/2012 Webinar: Module 6 - Eligible and Ineligible Costs.

19/04/2012 Webinar: Module 3 - Budgeting for FP7 Proposals

01/05/2012 Webinar: Module 6 - Eligible and Ineligible Costs.

03/05/2012 Webinar: Module 3 - Budgeting for FP7 Proposals

 

**New** Private Webinars:

The Finance Helpdesk is taking bookings to hold customised Webinars for Projects or in-house for your organisation, for more information please contact us here.

 

Upcoming Finance Helpdesk Public Workshops:

 

Want to know what is happening in Horizon 2020 and how this will affect you? Come to our next 3 Day Financial Workshop.

 

Next Public Workshops:

14/05/2012 2 Day Marie Curie Workshop in London - Heathrow, UK.

16/05/2012 1 Day ERC Workshop in London - Heathrow, UK.

29/05/2012 1 Day FP7 Financial Workshop in London-Heathrow, UK.

30/05/2012 3 Day Financial Workshop in London - Heathrow, UK.

How to avoid common errors identified in cost claims leaflet

On the 19.03.2012, The Commission published a leaflet on “How to avoid common errors identified in cost claims”.

The leaflet identifies the top 10 most frequent errors identified.

To download the leaflet please click here.

 

FREE downloadable FP7 book V2.11 available now.

On 20.03.2012 - Version 2.11 of Mr. Myer W. Morron’s FP7 Book was published, This FP7 book follows on from the highly acclaimed FP5 and FP6 versions has been published by EFPC Ltd. It replaces drafts that were previously released.

 

The downloadable book continues to be free as it was in the previous framework programs. The book is constantly updated and registered users are notified of important changes and updates by Email.

 

The book covers subjects such as:

 

·          Background to changes in FP7

·          Overview of rules of participation

·          Benefits of participation in a Collaborative R&D project

·          Reasons not to participate

·          Brief Overview of Framework Program Seven and CIP

·          FP7 Funding Schemes (Types of Projects)

·          Framework Program Seven changes

·          Partner Search

·          Proposal preparation and submittal

·          What to do if your Proposal Fails

·          Project Roles

·          Financial Aspects

·          Use of External Consultants

·          What to do when your proposal is to be funded

·          Consortium Agreement

·          Problems during the project

·          Project Management

·          Project Ethics and Good Practice

·          European Technology Platforms

·          Ethical Considerations in FP7

·          SME Status

·          Intellectual Property Aspects

·          How to write a proposal

·          Horizon 2020

 

To download, please click here.

 

A new version of Participant Portal has been released

This release includes significant changes in the management of roles, nominations and project permissions. 

We suggest you download and read the update document here, and then go into your Participant Portal and select "My Roles" to see how these changes affect you.

 

Guide to Financial Issues Version 5.

We hope that you all have the updated Guide to Financial Issues relating to FP7 Indirect Actions, dated 16 Jan 2012. - Version 5.

If not, please download the latest version, here.

 

Eligibility of taxes and charges related to personnel leaflet

The Commission produced a leaflet dated 11.01.2012, that contains a non exhaustive list of taxes and personnel charges whose eligibility has been examined under FP7 rules:

Currently, this list is very short. We expect this list to be updated over time.

 

To download please click here.

 

Problems with an EU audit?

It has come to our attention that some organisations, particularly SMEs, are having problems with EU audits.

The Finance Helpdesk takes these complaints very seriously and will be taking these complaints further.

If you have recently or are currently undergoing an EU audit, we would greatly appreciate it if you would give us some information and feedback based on the questions below and send them to us here.

 

1)    Your Organisation Details (Name, Type of organisation and Country)

2)    Which Projects were audited?

3)    Which Program sent the auditors (e.g. DG-INFSO, DG-Research etc)

4)    Please give a description of how the audit went and what were the problems that you came across.

5)    Do you disagree with the outcome of the audit? If yes, please describe.

6)    How did the Commission respond to the Audit?

7)    How responsive were the Commission to any complaint?

8)    What is the current status?

 

Any information you give us will be held in the strictest of confidence unless we request permission from you in writing to take your complaint further.

 

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