RISE: Is a secondment for the whole month of February considered as a 30 day secondment?

The rule says that if it is a full month, it is a full month irrespective of the number of days (28-31). But if it is part of one month and part of another month, the pro rata 30 day calculation is applied.
 

MSCA general: Is it possible to recruit researchers under a "working contract"?

This depends on the exact type of contract. Please refer to the MSCA-model grant agreements (art.6/6.2/A(b)(i)), where it says: ...be recruited by the beneficiary under an employment contract (or other direct contract with equivalent benefits, including social security coverage) or — if not otherwise possible under national law — under a fixed-amount-fellowship agreement with minimum social security coverage.

ITN: Does the 40%-rule for the maximum contribution of the funds to one country only consider the budget and reported costs or does it also apply to the internal distribution of the funds?

Yes, the 40%-rule applies to the budget as a whole (and the later reported costs) and does not apply to the internal distribution (for example, the distribution of the contribution to management- and overhead costs).

ITN: Is subcontracting possible in ITNs and if yes - covered by which cost category?

Yes, subcontracting is allowed provided that only minor scientific/training tasks are concerned and beneficiaries award a service contract for which they can either pay out of the Research, Training and Networking Costs-category or the Management, Indirect Cost-category (depending on the subcontracted activity). Remember that beneficiaries have to show that they have the capacity to carry out the project activities (see latest ITN-Guide for Applicants). Coordinator's core tasks can not be subcontracted, like for example subcontracting management tasks (see ITN model grant agreement, art.41.2(b)).

ITN: Is there "the one" answer to the question of how the contribution to management and overhead-costs is distributed among beneficiaries?

Unfortunately -NO. The distribution varies, depending on the set up of the project. It is about the consortium to decide. Usually beneficiaries which take up a lot of management tasks (for example, managing the whole training Programme) get a greater share. In general, the coordinator keeps a substantial share, especially when taking up the overall management of the project.

ITN: Is the participation of a company and its affiliated company as 2 beneficiaries in a single project possible?

Yes, if they are both legal entities (both have a PIC), they can act as beneficiaries. Note that the inter-relationship between participating institutions has to be declared in part B of the proposal - see the latest ITN-Guide for Applicants.

H2020 - all actions: Where can I find other supporting documents and links?

The Research Participant Portal offers, in addition to the Call specific documents (e.g. Guide for Applicants), a number of further sources of help. Check out the FAQ section, contact your National Contact Point  or the Help Desk  or check out other Help Services.

IF 2016: Is is technically possible that the fellow submits the final version of the proposal and not the supervisor?



Iit is technically possible that both the researcher and the supervisor may submit the proposal. However, it is emphasised that the submission by the researcher must be made with the agreement of the supervisor.
(Answer by NCPs) 

IF 2016: How long can a short visit (for a field trip, etc.) be? (During the fellowship)



In European Fellowships the researcher can certainly go to conferences that take place in a Third Country. With regard to short visits, these are permitted as well, as long as the concept of short visit is kept. We would like to refrain from defining a time frame of 1-2 weeks because we want to avoid the next question “what about 2 weeks and 1 day - visits”.
The key point is that the short visits should clearly not be secondments. Secondments have a clear impact on the project, are planned before, and have a particular scope – for example, without the secondment the final results of the project would not be possible. A short visit on the other hand will have a limited impact and could be something that arises during the fellowship, so mentioning it in the proposal is not always necessary.
We want to avoid that the researcher has spent 2 weeks in Canada for example, then the results are not ok so s/he has to go back for another 3 weeks, then for another 3 weeks, and like this slowly it becomes a clear secondment spent in a TC. Secondments in TC are not eligible activities and therefore will not be funded. 
(Answer provided by REA)