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European Commission's FAQ - H2020-MSCA-IF-2014

European Commission's FAQ - H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
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Eligibility Rules

Q. What Does it mean "long term" resident?


A. The 5 years in question do not have to be immediately prior to the deadline. The rule means that at some point in the applicant life, he/she must have been working in research in a MS/AC for at least 5 consecutive years.

 

 

Q. Is it eligible to split the return phase of the Global Fellowship into two phases: a few months of the “return phase” at the beginning of the fellowship and the rest of the period (completion for 12 months) after the outgoing phase?
 
A. The Global Fellowships are composed of an initial outgoing phase with a mandatory return phase to a host organisation located in a Member State or Associated Country. Therefore, the fellowship cannot start with an initial secondment at the EC. Moreover, the mandatory return phase must be 12 months. In other words: It is not possible to split the phases of a Global Fellowship. The outgoing phase must have a duration of 12 to 24 months while the mandatory return phase must be 12 months. No possibility to change this order.

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Part - Time arrangements

Q. Is it possible to apply for an Individual Fellowship requesting a part-time position due to personal reasons?

 

A. The evaluators will not consider whether the project will be completed full-time or part-time, the issue is not part of the selection or award criteria. The timings given in the proposal should assume full-time working. For example the template Gantt Chart allows a maximum of 24 person months. Hence, the researcher would be advised to complete the proposal as if it will happen on a full-time basis.

Once the evaluation is complete and move to the grant preparation stage, the REA can assess requests to work part-time. So that would be the moment for the applicant to make the request.

 

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Eligibility of Researcher

Q. Is a researcher who has not finished his PhD yet eligible, if he/she has 4 years of full-time research experience?

Can the 4 years of research experience be 50% on PhD studies and 50% on other research work?
In case that the national low besides the standard employment contract allows another types of (rather limited) contracts/agreements on specific work (it is called agreement to perform a job - the expected scope of the work to be carried out under such agreement does not exceed 100 hours), which would be performed in parallel with the PhD studies, do they count towards the “full-time research experience” as well as an additional % of research experience?  
 
A. In order to be an Experienced Researcher at the Call deadline, the researcher must have either their PhD or four years of full-time equivalent (FTE) research experience. However, this four years of research experience does not have to be earned only by carrying out research towards the PhD. So, if a researcher has four years of FTE experience, even if part was 50% on PhD studies and 50% on other research work, then the researcher should probably be eligible. However, he/she must be able to prove with documentation that he/she has the required four years FTE, as he/she might be asked for this proof during the eligibility check.

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Mobility rules

Q. Is a researcher eligible for IF grant, for mobility from an International European Interest Organisation (for example CERN) to a national host organisation in the same country?

A. The researcher is not eligible. Indeed at page 10 of the guide for applicants it’s written: "Note: this exception rule is applicable only for mobility TO an International European Interest Organisation and NOT FROM such an organisation to any national host organisation". 

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Choosing between the Standard European Fellowships and Reintegration Panel

Q. In many cases the MS/AC researchers being currently in a TC fulfill both mobility rules. Is it up to them to choose which type of grant they would like to apply for?


A. YES, the researchers can choose where they submit the application. All eligibility criteria must be fulfilled, and just as a remark, for Standard EF there are 8 ranking lists (CHE, PHY, ECO, SOC, MAT, ENG, ENV, LIF), for RI panel there is one multidisciplinary ranking list.

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Reintegration Panel

Q. In the guide it is written 'the researcher must move or have moved from a TC to the MS or AC where the beneficiary is located’. Are (1) researchers who will directly move from a TC to a MS/AC and (2) those who have already been (for how long - up to 24 months?) in the beneficiary’s country, eligible for the RI? A similar question is for the 1st phase of the Global fellowships to be spent in a TC.

A. 1 and 2 are partially correct (so they can move with the fellowship or before), in the sense that the period spent by the researcher in the country of the Beneficiary in the previous 5 years to the call deadline, not only the time spent since the move from the TC.

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Global Fellowships

Q. Is it allowed to be seconded to another sector during the return phase to Europe?

 

A. YES.

 


Q. Is the maximum duration of this secondment, up to 3 months (because of less than 18 months of the return phase)? or 6 months (when both phases are counted)?


A. For Global fellowship, the duration of the both phases are taken when calculating the duration of the secondment, so indeed it can last up to 6 months.

 

 

Q. Is it eligible to split the return phase of the Global Fellowship into two phases: a few months of the “return phase” at the beginning of the fellowship and the rest of the period (completion for 12 months) after the outgoing phase?
 
A. The Global Fellowships are composed of an initial outgoing phase with a mandatory return phase to a host organisation located in a Member State or Associated Country. Therefore, the fellowship cannot start with an initial secondment at the EC. Moreover, the mandatory return phase must be 12 months. In other words: It is not possible to split the phases of a Global Fellowship. The outgoing phase must have a duration of 12 to 24 months while the mandatory return phase must be 12 months. No possibility to change this order.

 

 

Q. Is it possible to have two different outgoing host organizations, both located in the same third country.?

 

A. It is not possible to have two different host organizations in the third country.

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Letters of Commitment

Q. The letters of Commitment according to the GfA are only used in the Global fellowships and, moreover, in the Third Countries (TC). Therefore, the letters of commitment are not applicable in the partner organizations in the European fellowships. Is this correct?
 
A. This is correct. There is no need for letters of commitment from European organization functions as Partner organization.

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Career Break in Research

Q. In the eligibility conditions of CAR, the term “research” in the following sentence includes publications of research papers or refers only to contracts with a research organization?
The researcher must have undertaken a career break in research: the Experienced Researcher must not have been active in research for at least 12 months immediately prior to the deadline for submission of proposals (i.e. at least during the period 12 September 2013 to 11 September 2014).

A. It refers only to contractual relationship, it is normal that publications trickle in a long time after the research they are based on has already been finished.

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Career development plan

Q. The IF Guide for applicants mentions on page 16 that the career development plan must be produced prior to the start of the fellowship. Should the applicant give already some details on this career development plan in the proposal? And if so: how detailed and under which section should this be mentioned?

A. There is no need to include the plan in the proposal. The applicant may mention briefly that the CDP will be produced and include it in the timeline and what elements will be included in the CDP, but no need to be very specific. In addition, in 2.3 “quality of the supervision” section emphasises that the Supervisor will help the researcher with their CDP, and that this is further mentioned in the Management section in 4.2 where they discuss monitoring progress.

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Secondments

Q. Can the secondment take place in the same country as the beneficiary’s one? According to the information provided in the Guide “Experienced researchers may be seconded to another institution in Europe’.


A. YES, the secondment can take place in the same country as the beneficiary.

 

Q. Global Fellowship: can the secondment take place in another partner organization in a third country? 

 

A. If the Global Fellow wishes to undertake an optional secondment to another organisation (neither the Partner organisation in the third country nor the Beneficiary in Europe), that secondment must be within Europe and last no longer than 6 months.

 

Q. Can the secondment take place in the same sector? According to the following sentence contains only expectation and only for some fields: “Such secondments must significantly contribute to the impact of the fellowship and therefore in certain research fields would be expected to take place in the non-academic sector’.

 

A. YES, the secondment can take place in the same sector.

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Short visits

Short visits during EF

Q. Can an European Fellow go for short visits (conference, short research visit of one or two weeks) to a TC?

 

A. 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, up to two weeks, so that the short visits should clearly not be secondments. Secondments in TC are not eligible activities and therefore will not be funded. A short visit will have a limited impact and could be something that arises during the fellowship, so mentioning it in the proposal is not always necessary. 

 

Short visits during GF

Q. Can a Global Fellow go for a short visit, around 4 months, to another TC to do fieldwork/data collection?  

 

A. In the outgoing phase of the Global Fellowship, the fellow may only go on short visits out of the institution in the third country. These short visits have to be understood as short stays for a specific purpose, such as attending a conference.

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Financial Regime

Q. On MSCA Work Programme there is a statement on page 48 "When an employment contract cannot be provided, the host organisation shall recruit the researcher under a status equivalent to a fixed-amount fellowship. The rates applicable in these cases, which shall be duly justified, will be 50% of the rates for researchers under an employment contract." 
In budget calculation is it only related with -Living Allowance-  or also other cost items (family allowance, mobility allowance, RTN cost and Management Cost) will be reduced by half according to this statement?

A. Only the living allowance will be reduced. The other two items: Mobility and Family allowances will stay as it is provided in the WP. The other budget parts such as management and research costs are always provided in the amount given in the WP.

 

 

Q. In MSCA Individual Fellowship, financial regime provides a secondment split. In the budget calculation, do the applicants need to use CCC (Country Correction Coefficient) rate where the secondment takes place or do they always consider host organization’s CCC rate?

 

A. The CCC only applies to the host organization even though the secondment (except the first phase of GF in a third country) will take place in another country.

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Submission

Q. “Current Organization” – Should it be the future host organization (the MSCA host organization), even if at this stage the applicant is not yet affiliated to it?


A. Yes

 

 

Q. In Part A, what should be written in the “Researcher ID”?


A. The researcher identifier number (e.g. ResearcherID, ORCID) is an identifying system for scientific authors. It can be created at the ResearcherID website at ResearcherID.com.

 

   

Q. “Doctorate in Progress” - which “date of award” should be indicated?

 

A. The expected date of graduation


 

Q. In the Guide for Applicants for IF, page 9: "Structure of the individual fellowships – only the supervisor (from the host institution) can submit the proposal". Does this really mean that the fellow him/herself cannot submit the proposal anymore?

 

A. For now the Researcher and Supervisor will both be able to create, fill in and modify the proposals, by the submission indeed should be the Supervisor who pushes the button.

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Project Starting Date

Q. Is it possible to have a starting date of at the latest 12 months after signing the grant agreement?

A. For IF in H2020 the latest date to start the project will be 12 months after the signature of the GA. This number however can be adapted, this is why now the field is left open and REA will introduce the value by the GA production.

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