Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Other legal entities that participate in Horizon 2020 by carrying out some tasks in an action, but which do not sign the Grant Agreement (including entities linked to the beneficiaries) are considered as “third parties involved in an action” (Article 8 of the Annotated Model GA). They are not bound by the terms and conditions of the Grant Agreement and consequently, the European Union (represented by the Commission or another funding body) has no obligation vis-à-vis third parties. If necessary to implement the action, beneficiaries may use contracts and sub-contracting for the purchase of goods, works or services, in-kind contributions provided by third parties and also linked third parties carrying out tasks under an action.
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Yes, this Open Call is part of EU-funding project, so there should be a clear distinction between direct and indirect costs. Each proposal should include justifications of costs and resources. Checking the consistency between these costs and the expected work of the experiment will be part of the evaluation of application services.

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The financial support to each legal entity will not exceed 60.000€.

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BD4NRG Open Call will fund up to 10 SMEs and Start-ups.

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BD4NRG Open Call will distribute up to 500.000 EUR among up to 10 SMEs/Start-ups with the initiative to bring new application experiments, by taking up and validating the results gained in the first phase of BD4NRG.

Applicants are asked to submit proposals under one of the 4 topics published in the Guide for Applicants. Please advise section 2.4 of the Guide for Applicants for the topics’ descriptions.

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Selected applicants will receive their grant on a rolling basis throughout the project. They will receive a pre-financing of up to 40 % of their respective total funding amount for project work commencing. Further payments will be made upon successful completion of activities and deliverables.

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Eligibility & Entry Process

No, consortia cannot participate. Only single legal entities can apply for funding.

Only one proposal per applicant can be submitted. If more than one proposal per applicant is identified, only the first one which has been submitted in order of time will be evaluated.

Please see pp.8-9 of the Guide for Applicants for the definitions.

No, universities are not eligible to receive funding.

Υes, BD4NRG is a Η2020 project.

BD4NRG Open Call is open to SMEs and Start-ups legally established in an EU Member State or in an Associated Country (as stated in Article 7 of the Horizon2020 Regulation). Only single entities are eligible. The legal entity is required to possess a validated Participant Identification Code. Please check the Eligibility criteria in section 3 of the Guide for Applicants.

Apply Process

No, at the time of submission, the entity can apply with the provisional PIC.

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No, the proposals will only be evaluated after the submission deadline. Until then, even if you have already submitted your proposal, you will be able to resubmit it.

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The single pdf document includes only the proposal template. The declaration of honor will be required from the selected applicants during the contracting.

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The ‘Guide for Applicants’ is the main reference document for the BD4NRG Open Call. It provides detailed information about the application process, the requirements of the evaluation and the selection process. All necessary materials that accompany the Guide for Applicants document are uploaded on the BD4NRG Open Call portal.

Additionally, an Open Call Helpdesk service is available for any queries you may have related to the application process (eligibility rules, application form information requests, etc). You can access the Open Call Helpdesk here

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The maximum length of the main proposal (sections 1, 2 and 3) is 10 pages. Please read carefully the instructions in the Proposal Template document available here .

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Evaluation & Selection Process

Evaluation criteria are in line with the European Commission’s evaluation criteria and are described in section 6.2 of the Guide for Applicants which is available for download here .

Participation in the Program

Unless otherwise required by law, as an innovator, the funded Third Party will be acting as (joint) data controller in respect to the personal data collected and processed for your service. This means that it will be liable for compliance with the applicable data protection laws.

Access Rights to Background and Results may be requested by the selected applicants from a BD4NRG Partner only in certain cases and under certain conditions clearly stated at the Contract Funding Agreement.

Yes, the ownership of all material, documents or information created by the selected applicant, via the BD4NRG cascade funding, will remain with the selected applicant. Results are owned by the party that generates them. Intellectual Property Rights Policy will be stated in detail in the Contract Funding Agreement. Provisions concerning joint ownership of the results of the funding projects will also be outlined on the above document.

Selected applicants will be supported during the development of their proposals by BD4NRG Consortium. A Mentoring Team (consisted by certain BD4NRG Consortium Partners) will assist the whole period of the development phase the funding proposals, providing support for technical/business issues. Selected applicants will receive from BD4NRG Consortium partners an initial briefing to discuss and focus the services to be developed during the development period. Selected applicants are able to contact the Mentoring Team on per-need basis on technical and business matters. The Mentoring Team will monitor on timely basis the progress of the proposals in order to ensure the proper execution of the planned work.

Legal notice

The answers provided in the FAQs are neither an agreement, nor a promise of any kind, and have no legal value. You should carefully review all terms and conditions of the Guide for Applicants before submitting your proposal.

Our initiative is to keep this information timely and accurate. If errors are identified, we will try to correct them. However, the BD4NRG Consortium disclaim any and all liability that may results from relying on the FAQs. The FAQs are:

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  • not necessarily comprehensive, complete, accurate or updated;
  • not substitute for professional or actual legal advice.