HBP Open Calls: Frequently Asked Questions - General


What counts as in-kind contribution?

While personnel is an important part of the in-kind contributions, these also include access to research infrastructures, experimental

facilities and use of technical equipment.

The in-kind contributions must be clearly explained and expressed in a monetay value:

Taking into account only the portion of the costs which corresponds to the duration of the action and rate of actual use.

The cost should not exceed the depreciation costs of similar equipment or infrastructure.


What is the voucher system?

The vouchers are used in order to cover the integration activities of the new partner to the HBP platforms, a percentage of the

funding will be given as integration support vouchers.

This system facilitates the access of the new partner to know-how and technology from the High Level Integration Team at HBP,

promoting the collaboration and integration of the new consortia to the established HBP structure.

This voucher system allows the new partners to request the innovation support or technical support for integration directly to the

related HBP platforms, and channel the funding percentage solely to the interacting platforms.


Who can apply to the Calls for Expressions of Interest?

Unless stated otherwise in the specific CEoI, laboratories already receiving HBP funding are excluded from participation. A laboratory not receiving HBP funding, but part of a university or organisation that is receiving HBP funding, may apply for funding; however, the PI/LAB/chair/Institute needs to be new to HBP. Existing members of the HBP consortium (PI/LAB level) are welcome to become part of new consortia applying to the calls, however will not be eligible for additional funding through the HBP. The exception is the use of the voucher system.

For the calls SP11: Data Protection Officer and SP11: Coordination of gender equality activities, single institutions consortia, either already funded from HBP or from outside, are eligible for funding. Each partner must be eligible for EU funding under the H2020 rules (add link to eligibility under H2020).


Is subcontracting allowed?

It is allowed but must not be crucial to the HBP work.


Which costs categories and activities are eligible for funding?

The main financial and management rules are described in the H2020 Financial Guidelines (add file: HBP Open Calls » General»


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If there are two research groups at the same university who want to apply, is this ok or do they need to contact collaborators abroad?

 It is ok to apply with two groups from the same University, as long as both do not yet get HBP funding. It would of course be in the spirit of the calls, to also bring a new partner organisation from any H2020 country to the project. 


Is a full proposal (as outlined in the proposal template) expected by the 30th of September deadline? And if so do we have to submit an ‘expression of interest’ before that date please?


The full proposal is required. It should be submitted via the web platform before 30th September 2017, 17:00 Brussels time. It is not necessary to send an expression of interest letter beforehand. It is also not necessary to attach a cover letter or expression of interest letter, i.e. the full proposal is the only necessary document.

HBP Open Calls: Frequently Asked Questions – Specific Calls


Gender Equality


I have led several gender working coordination groups and carried out gender activities in several large international research EU projects alongside my scientific activities, but not (as yet) in the neurosciences. In fields such as agriculture, water, emigration to nanotechnologies projects, my question is would our application still be considered ?

Your proposal will be considered, even if you don´t have previous experience in gender activities in neuroscience projects. However, you should take into account that the previous experience is part of the score for ´Quality of the Organisation', as stated in the last page of the Guide for Applicants.

3. Quality of the Organisation and individual Partners Weight: 30%
● Quality and relevant experience of the Organisation/Partner
● Previous history of the Organisation in dealing with coordination of gender equality activities in large neuroscience projects or similar.
Score: / 10
(Threshold: 8/10)

Design of Allosteric Drugs


Are all diseases eligible for the CEoI CDP6 – Design of Allosteric Drugs

All major brain diseases are eligible for this call, but Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s remain social priorities.