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How to identify the managing authorities?

When you consider applying for a European grant, the first step to take is to identify the right managing authority. It is generally the responsible of the funding. The managing authority is responsible for the implementation of European programmes, evaluations of the actions financed… Lire_La_Suite

When you consider applying for a European grant, the first step to take is to identify the right managing authority. It is generally the responsible of the funding. The managing authority is responsible for the implementation of European programmes, evaluations of the actions financed…

Who should I contact to apply to a intra community programmes? 

When you consider applying for a European grant, the first step to take is to identify the right managing authority. It is generally the responsible of the funding. The managing authority is responsible for the implementation of European programmes, evaluations of the actions financed…
For intra-community programmes, the managing authority is more likely to be the European Commission via the Directorate-General in charge with the programme: for example for the EaSi Programme (Employment and Social innovation programme), the managing authority is the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. In some case, it is important to identify the national contact points as well. This contact point will be more aware of the implementation of the programme in your country (for Erasmus Plus  in France it is the French European Education and Training Agency (2e2f)). The intra-community programmes may be managed as well by the European Executive Agencies such as Easme, the Executive Agency for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Finally, about external cooperation programmes, the relevant contact will be the EU Delegation to the concerned country.

What about the structural funds?
Concerning the structural funds, the managing authority differs regarding the Member States and the programmes. It is the Member State that decides which authority is in charge with the programme. In France, the ERDF is managed by the Regional Council.

 
Welcomeurope’s advice: When you plan on applying for a grant, do not hesitate to visit the website of the programme and check on the different contacts that are available. If you do not find the right contact, call the general secretariat, they will be able to connect you with the right person.


When to communicate?

Communicating with the managing authority is a key step when you consider to apply for a European grants. Managing authorities are those who are going to control your operations and the actions that will be financed. They are deciding whether or not granting you the grant and evaluate the project when it is achieved. For all these reasons, it is very important to communicate with your manager throughout the duration of your project: before, during and after.

First of all before applying, it is a good point to contact with your managing authority to get his opinion about your project with regard its feasibility and opportunity. The managing authority is the best person to get information about the eligibility of your project in general and of some actions. Moreover, communicating with the manager before the starting of your project will arouse expectations for your project, and it will allow you to inform the managing authority of your intention to build this project, the grant your expecting and the one more plausible. It will also be a good chance to protect yourself in the project and build your application form with regard to the advice you would get from the managing authority. It will definitely optimize your chances to be awarded the grant.

Once your project is selected, your grant assured, it is necessary to keep in touch with the managing authority in order to inform him with the progress of your project. By doing so, it would be easier for you to explain the unexpected events that may occur during the realization of you project. Don’t forget that he is the one that is going to review your project once finalized and authorized or not the payment of your grant.


Welcomeurope’s advice: Always keep your managing authorities informed with the ongoing process of your project. Do not hesitate to call them or mail them if you have any questions about the programme or if any unexpected events occur and jeopardize the well being of your project. They will be able to come with appropriate answers and solutions to help you lead your project successfully.
Check the date of the InfoDay on the website of the managing authorities: information will be given about the different calls for proposals and the modalities.

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