22-05-2018
 
Funding News

Are you waiting for the results of your stage 1 proposal or have you just received an invitation to submit the full (stage 2) proposal? Congratulations! Over the years we’ve been receiving (and still are) many questions concerning the changes that can be made from the first to the second stage. Based on what we now know is still unclear for many proposal writers, we’ve compiled an FAQ on the key questions researchers often ask before writing the stage 2 proposal.

Frequently asked questions on allowable changes

Q1: Can we make changes to the consortium from stage 1 to stage 2?

A1: Yes, you can. However, it is advisable not to make too many changes. Adding one or two partners is no problem. Based on our experience, companies are quite often added. Just be aware that additional partners might increase the budget (see Q3 below).


Q2: Can we change the Coordinator of our project in stage 2?

A2: Yes, you can. However, there should be a good reason for this and it might be worth pointing out the change of Coordinator in the proposal document and provide a justification for the necessary change. Please remember that the Coordinator is always Beneficiary number 1 and the partner order on the cover page of Part B1 and in the administrative forms (online) need to be adapted accordingly.


Q3: Can we increase the budget/EU funding from stage 1 to stage 2?

A3: Yes, you can. However, the increase should not be substantial. Based on our experience, an increase of 10% and more should be justified in the proposal, ideally in section 3.4 (resources to be committed).


Q4: Can we change the project idea that we proposed in stage 1 in stage 2?

A4: Making substantial changes to your project idea is not recommended. According to the Horizon 2020 grants manual “the full proposal must be consistent with the short outline proposal and may not differ substantially”. If changes are a necessity, they should be clearly explained. The same pool of evaluators of the first stage is generally also used for the second stage.


Q5: Can we add a Work Package that was not initially planned but would be useful?

A5: Yes, you can. Based on our experience, the WPs are not described in detail in stage 1 but obviously need to be described in-depth in the stage 2 proposal (Table 3.1).


Q6: What are the main evaluator criteria in stage 2?

A6: Stage 1 proposals are evaluated on two criteria only: the Excellence and the Impact. However, in stage 2 Research and Innovation Action (RIAs), Innnovation Actions (IAs) and Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs), there are three evaluation criteria (Excellence, Impact and Implementation), each accounting for a maximum score of 5 (total: 15). Please note that in RIAs and in CSAs, there is no weighting factor applied to any of these three criteria. However, in Innovation Actions, which are more applied research and rather demonstration projects, the Impact is weighting by a factor of 1.5.


Q7: How much effort is it to prepare the stage 2 proposal?

A7: Our experience is that you virtually need to start from scratch again but benefit from the work plan structure that you have already developed for stage 1. The latter might save you some time though.

accelopment and the second stage

Even if the chances of securing funding during the second stage are higher, it will still take an excellent proposal to succeed. It is therefor not uncommon for a coordinator to seek help writing the proposal. EURO SHOCK is a recent project that decided to add accelopment as a partner in-between the two stages and managed to secure funding. As part of the consortium, accelopment is now responsible for the project management and dissemination.

List of 2-stage calls with upcoming or recently published results

FET

Call

Stage 1

Stage 2

FETFLAG-01-2018: Preparatory Actions for new FET Flagships

20.02.2018

18.09.2018

NMBP

Call

Stage 1

Stage 2

DT-NMBP-01-2018: Open Innovation Test Beds for Lightweight, nano-enabled multifunctional composite materials and components

23.01.2018

28.06.2018

DT-NMBP-02-2018: Open Innovation Hubs for Safety Testing of Medical Technologies for Health

23.01.2018

28.06.2018

DT-NMBP-07-2018: Open Innovation Hubs for Characterisation

23.01.2018

28.06.2018

DT-NMBP-09-2018: Accelerating the uptake of materials modelling software

23.01.2018

28.06.2018

NMBP-13-2018: Risk Governance of nanotechnology

23.01.2018

28.06.2018

NMBP-14-2018: Nanoinformatics: from materials models to predictive toxicology and ecotoxicology

23.01.2018

28.06.2018

BIOTEC-03-2018: Synthetic biology to expand diversity of nature's chemical production

23.01.2018

28.06.2018

NMBP-22-2018: Osteoarticular tissues regeneration

23.01.2018

28.06.2018

CE-NMBP-24-2018: Catalytic transformation of hydrocarbons

23.01.2018

28.06.2018

CE-NMBP-26-2018 : Smart plastic materials with intrinsic recycling properties by design

23.01.2018

28.06.2018

LC-NMBP-30-2018: Materials for future highly performant electrified vehicle batteries

23.01.2018

28.06.2018

LC-NMBP-32-2018: Smart materials, systems and structures for energy harvesting

23.01.2018

28.06.2018

NMBP-33-2018: Innovative and affordable solutions for the preventive conservation of cultural heritage

23.01.2018

28.06.2018

SC5-17-2018: Towards operational forecasting of earthquakes and early warning capacity for more resilient societies

23.01.2018

28.06.2018

Innovation in SMEs

Call

Stage 1

Stage 2

INNOSUP-01-2018: Cluster facilitated projects for new industrial value chains

12.04.2018

13.09.2018

INNOSUP-05-2018: Peer learning of innovation agencies

15.03.2018

18.10.2018

INNOSUP-06-2018: Supporting experimentation in innovation agencies

27.03.2018

13.09.2018

SC1- Health

Call

Stage 1

Stage 2

SC1-BHC-15-2018: New anti-infective agents for prevention and/or treatment of neglected infectious diseases (results published in May 17th)

06.02.2018

04.09.2018

SC2 - Food

Call

Stage 1

Stage 2

SFS-01-2018: Biodiversity in action: across farmland and the value chain

13.02.2018

11.09.2018

SFS-05-2018-2019: New and emerging risks to plant health

13.02.2018

11.09.2018

SFS-06-2018: Stepping up integrated pest management

13.02.2018

11.09.2018

SFS-07-2018: Making European beekeeping healthy and sustainable

13.02.2018

11.09.2018

SFS-08-2018-2019: Improving animal welfare

13.02.2018

11.09.2018

SFS-11-2018-2019: Anti-microbials and animal production

13.02.2018

11.09.2018

LC-SFS-19-2018-2019: Climate-smart and resilient farming

13.02.2018

11.09.2018

SFS-27-2018: Monitoring food R&I investments and impacts

13.02.2018

11.09.2018

SFS-29-2018: Innovations in plant variety testing

13.02.2018

11.09.2018

SFS-30-2018-2019: Agri-Aqua Labs

13.02.2018

11.09.2018

SFS-38-2018: Highly efficient management of soil quality and land resources

13.02.2018

11.09.2018

LC-BG-03-2018: Sustainable harvesting of marine biological resources

13.02.2018

11.09.2018

BG-08-2018-2019: All Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Flagship

13.02.2018

11.09.2018

RUR-01-2018-2019: Building modern rural policies on long-term visions and societal engagement

13.02.2018

11.09.2018

RUR-02-2018: Socio-economic impacts of digitisation of agriculture and rural areas

13.02.2018

11.09.2018

RUR-03-2018: Contracts for effective and lasting delivery of agri-environmental public goods

13.02.2018

11.09.2018

RUR-04-2018-2019: Analytical tools and models to support policies related to agriculture and food

13.02.2018

11.09.2018

CE-RUR-08-2018-2019: Closing nutrient cycles

13.02.2018

11.09.2018

 

SC5: Environment

Call

Stage 1

Stage 2

LC-CLA-01-2018: Supporting the development of climate policies to deliver on the Paris Agreement

27.02.2018

05.09.2018

LC-CLA-03-2018: Climate change impacts in Europe

27.02.2018

05.09.2018

LC-CLA-04-2018: Resilience and sustainable reconstruction of historic areas to cope with climate change and hazard events

27.02.2018

05.09.2018

LC-CLA-08-2018: Addressing knowledge gaps in climate science, in support of IPCC reports

27.02.2018

05.09.2018

CE-SC5-01-2018: Methods to remove hazardous substances and contaminants from secondary raw materials

27.02.2018

05.09.2018

CE-SC5-02-2018: Independent testing programme on premature obsolescence

27.02.2018

05.09.2018

CE-SC5-03-2018: Demonstrating systemic urban development for circular and regenerative cities

27.02.2018

05.09.2018

CE-SC5-06-2018: New technologies for the enhanced recovery of by-products

27.02.2018

05.09.2018

CE-SC5-07-2018-2019: Raw materials innovation for the circular economy: sustainable processing, reuse, recycling and recovery schemes

27.02.2018

05.09.2018

SC5-09-2018-2019: New solutions for the sustainable production of raw materials

27.02.2018

05.09.2018

SC5-11-2018: Digital solutions for water: linking the physical and digital world for water solutions

27.02.2018

05.09.2018

SC5-13-2018-2019: Strengthening international cooperation on sustainable urbanisation: nature-based solutions for restoration and rehabilitation of urban ecosystems

27.02.2018

05.09.2018

SC5-15-2018: Strengthening the benefits for Europe of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) - establishing 'EuroGEOSS"

27.02.2018

05.09.2018

SC5-17-2018: Towards operational forecasting of earthquakes and early warning capacity for more resilient societies

27.02.2018

05.09.2018