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Additional Financial Support from the Structural Funds (Bonus)

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The Decision of the European Parliament and the Council concerning FP6 stipulates that certain contractors (legal entities established in Objective 1 Regions) participating in FP6 projects may receive an additional financial contribution from the Community via the Structural Funds ("Bonus") to reduce the level of their own financial contribution to the FP6 project. However, interested parties should note that in no case this Bonus should lead to situations of over-accumulation of received funds that would exceed the maximum permitted funding rates for FP6 and cannot lead to a profit.

Therefore if the legal entity is established in an Objective 1 Region, it can start to explore the Bonus possibility already at the stage of the preparation and submission of the proposal. However in all cases potential eligible participants have to possess the full resources either on their own or from third parties to carry out their tasks under the FP6 project, since the Bonus facility is not an obligation to the Structural Funds. Therefore, when calculating the total costs of the project and when filling in the Contract Preparation Forms A3.1, in particular the EC requested contribution and the receipts, the Bonus cannot be taken into account.

In no case can their participation be subject to the granting of this additional Community contribution, since this is a decision of the competent managing authority of the region where the potential contractor is established. It is recommended that this potential participant from a Region Objective 1 check the 'Bonus' eligibility criteria at http://cordis.europa.eu/era/bonus_en.html

In brief, these are the steps to follow:

  First step

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Organisations that are potentially eligible should check whether they are established in an Objective 1 Region (potential beneficiary organisations can only be from a Member State of the European Union); please consult the list of the Objective 1 regions and areas receiving Objective 1 transitional support in the relevant Community legislation:

  1. COMMISSION DECISION of 1 July 1999 drawing up the list of regions covered by Objective 1 of the Structural Funds for the period 2000 to 2006 (notified under document number C(1999) 1770 (1999/502/EC) - available at:
    http://europa.eu/comm/regional_policy/sources/docoffic/pdf/objectif1/obj1_en.pdf , and
  2. the ACT concerning the conditions of accession of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovak Republic and the adjustments to the Treaties on which the European Union is founded; Annex II: List referred to in Article 20 of the Act of Accession, chapter 15 (Regional policy and coordination of structural instruments), p.658 - available at:
    http://europa.eu/comm/regional_policy/sources/docoffic/pdf/obj1/addendum2003_en.pdf

  Second step

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The potential eligible organisation should check whether they are eligible for the BONUS or not (a self-check against the eligibility criteria could be carried out with the help of the "questionnaire".

  Third step:

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If the proposal is selected by the Commission for funding under FP6, eligible contractors shall contact the competent Structural Funds Managing Authority in their region even if negotiations have not begun or have not been concluded yet.

To find out which Managing Authority to contact visit the following website:
http://europa.eu/comm/regional_policy/manage/authority/authority_en.cfm

  Fourth step

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If the Bonus is granted by the competent Managing Authority, it shall be declared as a 'receipt' for the project in the appropriate "Financial Statement Form" (Form C), since the provisions of the FP6 model contract consider this complementary funding as a receipt.


  Reference documents and sites:

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BONUS Scheme: Frequently Asked Questions

http://europa.eu/comm/regional_policy/manage/authority/authority_en.cfm

 
 

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