Last October 8, Innovarum attended a formative session organised by the European Commission hosted by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities. The objective was to present the last changes of the Grant Agreement, as well as explain the audit process and reinforce the most complicated points in project reporting.
The event was divided into two sessions. The morning session, for all attendees, was introduced by the Spanish Minister for Science, the former astronaut Pedro Duque. He highlighted the importance of these events to facilitate and promote the participation of Spanish companies, universities and research centres in H2020. He also emphasized the key role of research and innovation to develop a new productive model for Spain.
Following the opening speech, experts from the European Commission reviewed the different forms of costs, such as Lump sum grant, already included in some EU pilot programmes. Costs categories were also reviewed, being personnel costs and participation of third parties the areas to which more time was devoted.
In the afternoon, attendees were divided into two different groups: project managers and other participants and auditors. The first group received practical recommendations for submitting deliverables and other periodic reports, used by the Commission to monitor the activities of the projects.
Auditors took part in a parallel session, aimed at debating and identifying systemic and recurrent errors during project implementation audits and ex-post (once the project execution has finished) audits.
This event was part of a cycle of seminars organised in different EU member states, where National Contact Points (NCPs) and experts from the European Commission try to clarify concepts of fill gaps concerning project reporting and justification.