Introduction to EU Funding System


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Introduction to EU Funding System

  1. 1. Introduction to the EU Funding System Ms. Bodil Palmberg Europa Media The EU, Croatia and You Zagreb 20 May 2010
  2. 2. Feeling Confused??
  3. 3. No worries, there is a logic Documents Working style Design Acronyms
  4. 4. Learn the European language CORDIS National Contact Point Indirect costs Work Programme Project Officer Call for proposal PIC code Funding schemes
  5. 5. Questions we may have... Why apply for European funding? What funding is availible? Where to find information Is my organisation eligible? How to get started? How to apply? What is the difference between the different funding opportunities?
  7. 7. FINANCING Your Ideas But money should not be the main motivation….
  8. 8. Benefits of Participation International Supported by the EC cooperation – stimulating & fun Implement risky ideas And many more…. ☺
  9. 9. Why Not Participate? State of the Art Uncertainty Intellectual Property Time & Rights Resources demanding
  11. 11. EU Funding Schematized
  12. 12. EU Funds Overview Agricultural Support External Support –incl. rural development - Ensure EU’s role as a Global player Regional Support Community –Economic and social programmes prosperity and reduce – Implementing EC the gaps in development Common Policies and between regions thematics
  13. 13. Agricultural Support Common Agricultural Policy incl. rural development European Agricultural Fund European Agricultural Guarantee for Rural Development Fund competitiveness of the agricultural direct market support and forestry sector to farmers the environment and the countryside quality of life in rural areas diversification of the rural economy
  14. 14. Regional Support Economic and social prosperity and reduce the gaps in development between regions European Social Fund – improving employment and job opportunities in the EU Cohesion Fund European Regional Development – transport and environmental projects Fund in EU12 + Portugal,Greece and Spain - strengthening economic and social cohesion in the EU DG Regional Policy: Managing authorities by country:
  15. 15. External Support Ensure EU’s role as a Global player Instrument for Pre- Accession European Neighborhood and Assistance (IPA) Partnership Instrument (ENPI) Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries previous MEDA and TACIS countries 1. Assistance for transition and institution Policy driven instrument supporting the building agreed priorities in the ENP Action Plans with 2. Cross-border cooperation partner countries for a stable and prosperous development 3. Regional development 4. Human resources Other instruments Instrument for Stability, Macro Financial 5. Rural development Instrument, Humanitarian Aid, and Thematic and Geographical instruments, etc Funding opportunities; EuropeAid:
  16. 16. Community Programmes Implementing Common Policies and Thematics Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) LIFE + (environmental funding) Others – Youth, Media, Europe for Citizen, Culture, Progress etc Funding opportunities: Different policies – different instruments – different actions
  17. 17. EU Financial Framework 2007 – 2013 Commitment appropriations % of total 2007-2013 1. Sustainable Growth - Regional and FP7, CIP etc 44 % 1 a. Competitiveness for Growth and Employment 9% 1 b. Cohesion for Growth and Employment 36 % 2. Preservation and management of Natural Resources - Agriculture 43 % of which: market related expenditures and direct payments 34 % 3. Citizenship, Freedom, Security and Justice - Community programmes 1.2 % 3 a. Freedom, Security and Justice 0.8 % 3 b. Citizenship 0.5 % 4. EU as a global player - External Support 6% 5. Administration 6% 6. Compensation 0.2 % TOTAL 100 % = EUR 864 billion note: due to rounding up numbers, total does not add up to 100%
  18. 18. Where to find information?
  19. 19. I can’t see the forest for all trees
  20. 20. Europa Server Gateway to the European Union
  21. 21. Community Programme Website Policy information Guidance documents News Partner Search Calls etc. FP7 : CIP Life Long Learning programme learning-programme/doc78_en.htm
  22. 22. Projects’ Websites – Get Inspired Previously funded projects may be found on programme website – find a project
  23. 23. Is my organisation eligible?
  24. 24. Eligibility rules depends on the programme, and on the call General rule: A LEGAL ENTITY Type of entity Geographical location In some cases, financial viability Check the latest version of the Guide for Applicants
  25. 25. Who Can Get Funded Regional Support / Agricultural Policy EU Member States External Support EU Member States and Third countries Community programmes EU Member States, Associated countries, other Third countries – different funds – different procedures – different eligibility criteria
  26. 26. How to get started?
  27. 27. How to Get Started? Be aware of the opportunities Find a call Find partners Proposal Submission and what happens next???
  28. 28. Find a Call Proposals are submitted in response to a call – announced at programmes’ websites _grants/grants_en.htm /f/p7dc/index.cfm
  29. 29. Find Partners MAKE YOURSELF VISIBLE
  30. 30. Make Yourself Visible Partner search Programme website; example CORDIS Thematic projects NCP Network
  31. 31. Get in touch with People who have been involved to join their proposal Cordis – find a project Thematic projects’ partner search
  32. 32. HOW TO APPLY?
  33. 33. Download all Guidance documents Understand the requirements Concept note Technical and administrative procedure Submit on time
  34. 34. How to Apply Competition and management on different levels... EU level - Community programmes European Commission - proposals and tenders EU level and/or National level - External Support depedning on the programme; operational programmes with calls for proposal and tenders National level - Regional Support / Agricultural policy shared management by Member State and the EU Community Strategic Guidelines 2007-2013 - National Strategic Reference Framework - Operational programmes different funds – different procedure – different eligibility criteria
  35. 35. Comparative Assessment Indirect vs. Direct Support
  36. 36. Indirect vs. Direct Support - Purpose Indirect Support Direct Support Example: Structural Funds, Example: Cohesion Fund, Agricultural Community programmes Support, IPA Help development of regions Help the implementation of lagging behind common EU policies Build infrastructure Bring together best For an organisation: Capacity resources/knowledge building, everyday activity Develop new and innovative solutions financing For an organisation: implement strategic objectives, combine own resources with others
  37. 37. Indirect vs. Direct Support - Management Indirect Support Direct Support Managed at national level Managed at EU level (+ national Annual national budget level) Payment through national Programmes – budget on EU institutions level – no national quota Payment from EU institutions National programming Supporting a variety of fields Evaluation at national Larger freedom for individual level ideas Evaluated at EU level
  38. 38. Final Comments Fit project idea into Work Programme Emphasise project’s goal, necessity and advantages in a European context Involve partners with European programme experience Get involved in writing of your Work Package or Task(s) Clarify your role and ensure that your expertise is fully utilised Communicate well to show your commitment
  39. 39. Questions ??? Contact: Bodil Palmberg Europa Media
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