Thursday, 26 July 2018

Speedier payments?


In FP7, many were surprised how long it took the EC to make payments against interim and final reports. Often, they were not paid within 90 days of submitting their reports as required by the grant agreement, while the EC maintained that the contractual condition was fulfilled and, indeed, their management target of paying within 60 days was achieved.

The difference of interpretation arises because the EC can ask questions about the reports, so suspending the time limit for payment. The table provides data for two of the EC organisations administering FP7 and H2020, showing the average “net” time to pay after the suspensions or delays are deducted from the gross time to pay which grant recipients experience.

Interestingly, the first substantial data on payments in H2020 shows a large reduction in delays. Is this because the EC is asking fewer questions? Or is it because most of the H2020 data is likely to be for interim payments, which usually suffer shorter delays than final payments?

DG/ Agency
Programme
Year
Payments (number)
Average time to pay (days)
Net
Delay
Gross
RTD
FP7
2015
2152
55.4
51.4
106.8
2016
1351
54.5
45.2
99.7
2017
945
58.4
47
105.4
H2020
2017
580
45.5
10.1
55.6
REA
FP7
2015
2851
61.4
34.0
95.4
2016
2819
65.1
42.4
107.5
2017
1561
69.1
54.5
123.6
H2020
2017
1082
56.1
19.7
75.8
RTD = Directorate General for Research and Innovation; REA = Research Executive Agency

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