Friday, 29 August 2014

When is a deliverable not a Deliverable?

Deliverables are an important part of the EC grant agreement. Each deliverable is a distinct output of a project, representing a significant element of the work. They can take the form of a document, a prototype, a web site, a piece of software etc. According to the proposal template, deliverables exclude periodic and final reports, and normally are not submitted at the same time as these reports. Submission of deliverables and reports are described in separate articles of the H2020 grant agreement.

But in the three model H2020 consortium agreements currently available, deliverables and reports are treated as one. Two talk of “submitting reports, other deliverables (including financial statements and related certifications)”, adding the further confusion that financial statements are deliverables, not components of the periodic and final reports as described in the grant agreement. The third consortium agreement defines deliverables as “all reports, certificates, data and other information required to be provided to the funding authority”.

Of course, consortium agreements can define words to have any meaning they choose, if the way the words are then used doesn’t contradict the grant agreement. But it would be easier to understand the consortium agreements if they didn’t redefine words already in widespread use in EC projects, even if the agreements use upper case text to identify when a defined term is being used!

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