The table below shows the costs of participating in the most common types of FP7 project. The table is derived from a survey of 3900 FP7 participants carried out by the EC. Participation costs include both administrative and scientific tasks for all consortium members, excluding carrying out the research. Costs associated with “management and reporting” would be part funded by the EU project, the rest usually not.
Predictably, ERC grants are the lightest in terms of bureaucracy, at 2.3% of the EU grant. Most other projects carry about a 10% bureaucratic on cost. But for R4SMEs, the bureaucratic cost is around 25% of the grant. No explanation for this high figure is suggested.
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