Q. What is the minimum font size which would apply to tables and footnotes in the application?
A. Tables should ideally be in a uniform font to best relay the information intended. However, some tables and illustrations may contain text in different fonts and font sizes. This is acceptable, but applicants should ensure that the tables and the information therein remain comfortably readable.
See guide for applicants page 33
Q. Table 2.1: There are no footnotes or other indications at page for the activity type for table 2.1 . Are there are any guidelines on what to write?
A. No, we don't have any guidelines, but if necessary we can add them in the next guide for applicants. The applicants have to shortly describe their activity, like for example Revitalisation and remediation technologies / management tools for brownfields
Molecular diagnostics Etc.
Q. Table 2.1: What does it mean "ESRs involvement"? I imagine that it is to write yes/no. and for example for a Management work package there is no ESR involvement, is this correct?
A. Depending on the project set-up, you can identify the ESR involved in a particular work-package. Table 4.1.d will provide a more detailed description of the individual research projects. Please ensure consistency between the two tables.
Q. Is there an average number of work packages? I'm well aware that this depends on the project itself, but just to get some kind of understanding of what is typical?
A. We don't have an average number of work packages, but good practice is to add separate work packages on management, dissemination, communication & public engagement and on training.
Q. There is no place to include any CVs. I have told my researchers that they have to include the excellence into the text, but just want to make sure that no CVs are expected.
A. CVs are not required and experts will be instructed to disregard any extra page or document not requested. Information from the CV can be added in the Capacity table.
Q. Excellence 2.1. Quality, innovative aspects and credibility of the research programme and subheading "Research methodology and approach" a table with a list of work packages should be included. Do the part 2.1 refer to the whole program (including training) or just parts related to the research projects? I would assume the first option based on previous experiences with framework programme applications, however, I got unsure as: 1) it is emphasized that you should explain how the individual projects fits into the overall research program 2) the table with WP's should be included under the subheading research methodology and approach and 3) there is a separate section on training (2.2). Contrary, in section 4 Implementation, they ask for WP descriptions - including research, training, management, communication etc. Please confirm what is expected
A. All work-packages can be listed in table 2.1 and then described in more details in other sections, like 4.1a.
Q. Regarding to 5. Capacity of the Participating Organisations. If a legal entity (1 PIC) participates with 2 institutes, should it still only be 1 page per beneficiary in that section? The institutes are both recruiting ESRs and having different roles in the project. At page 44 in the GfA, it is written max 1 page per beneficiary.
A. This section is outside the 30 page limit, It is fine to use more space.
Q. What is expected to write in section 4.3 “appropriateness of the infrastructure of the participating organisations” compared to section 5?
A. Under point 4.3 the applicant is expected to describe not just equipment (infrastructure) but also the tasks and responsibilities of each entity etc. In point 4.3 (concerning infrastructure) one can refer to the table under point 5 but information should not be repeated. Under point 5 a list is expected and not so much description.
Q. Part B has to be one single “.pdf” document, including the Letters of Commitment of partner organisations. Does it mean that the applicant has to have a pdf writer software with editing (ability to insert other pdf documents as extra pages)?
A. The applicants just put the Letters of Commitment into the word document as jpeg images (you can get a free online converter to change PDF to .jpg if necessary), and then converted the entire Word doc to PDF (again using free online software).