ITN: How to deal with the fact the PhDs are not delivered within the timeframe of the projects?

As a general comment, the award of the PhDs should be confirmed in the letters of commitment. Concerning the fact the the PhDs will be awarded at a later point in time, there are different ways to deal with this in the application. Either it is not mentioned at all (evaluators are asked not to penalise consortia for not specifying this aspect), or, if possible, DO specify where the additional money for the fourth year will come from (it will be evaluated positively).

IF: How many reports for EF and GF?

For the EF, there is only one periodic report (technical and financial) and for the GF, there are two.

COFUND-DP, ITN-EJD: Are double recruitments possible?

Fellows can either be employed by one host and sent to the partner organisations involved or they can be recruited by all partners separately.
Concerning the mobility rule - the mobility rule is applied to the beneficiary where the fellow was recruited for the first time of the action.

COFUND: Is the letter of committment from a partner organisation sufficient as proof for the co-financing?

Yes, the letter of committment is sufficient, no other proof is required.

COFUND: Are employment contracts including a probation period considered as permanent?

Yes, as long as it is clear that this does not include a further evaluation step (e.g. you want 10 researchers, appoint 20 and then ask 10 to leave).

COFUND: How should a COFUND consortium deal with partners which are providing a top-up for the ESRs hosted?

REA has no objections against partners providing top-ups and says that it is up to the beneficiary to deal with it.

What happens if you declare your proposal as a resubmission?

Evaluators do not know that your proposal is a resubmission until after having agreed on the score, when they receive the comments of the evaluators of the previous submission. Applicants are therefore advised not to include any comments on the previous submission.

IF-CAR: Does teaching count as being active in research?

Whether or not the researcher has been active in research is determined on the basis of fellowships or employment contracts in the domain of research. If contracts are not research contracts, they don't count. So, if the contract is purely teaching it does not count as being active in research.

IF-RI: Does direct mobility refer to the country of the host institution?

Direct mobility refers to the country and not to the host institution. This means that a researcher moving from outside of the EU MS/AS back to a EU MS/AS and starts working at host A can submit for the RI-panel with a host B in the same country.

Will costs incurred during parental leave be reimbursed?

Costs which are not incurred during research activities are not reimbursed. It is up to the fellow to decide for how long he/she suspends the project for parental leave (respecting national law).