Participant Identification Code (PIC)
All organisations participating in FP7 will be assigned a Participant Identification Code (or PIC). The organisations that already have signed an FP7 grant agreement have already been assigned a PIC. Organisations without a signed FP7 grant agreement may obtain a PIC by registering in the Unique Registration Facility (URF) which is hosted in the Participant Portal. The PIC can then be used for proposal submission.
How to find out your organisation's PIC:
First, try to find out within your organization who is the LEAR of your organisation; he will be able to tell you what the PIC is. If you still cannot find the PIC of your organization, then please query online our PIC database by using the PIC search functionality.
How to register your organisation in URF:
You will have to first create an ECAS account (European Commission Authentication System) in order to access the Participant Portal and its underlying services such as the Unique Registration Facility (URF). The PIC is provided at the end of the registration process and can be used for proposal submission after 48 hours. During registration, URF does not check for duplicate registrations; this will be done if your proposal is retained for negotiation. If there is a duplicate registration your PIC will change and you will learn about it during negotiation.
How to use the PIC for proposal submission:
If you want to use your PIC to submit your proposal, this is how you have to proceed:
You must know that if your organisation has already signed an FP7 grant agreement, then your organisation already has a PIC. If it is the case, then you should find your PIC within your organisation. If it is not the case, then you can register your organisation in the registration service called the Unique Registration Facility (URF) which is hosted in the Participant Portal.
After having registered an organisation in URF, the received PIC will only be recognized in EPSS after a period of 48 hours. Note that if you cannot find your PIC, you may still register your organisation in URF to get a PIC.
Please visit our 'Frequently Asked Questions' page should you want any additional general information.
Last updated on: 2013-01-31