This section is designed to provide quick answers to some of the questions most often asked by the Coordinators of the QuantERA funded projects.
What is the earliest date at which my project could start?
For projects funded in the QuantERA Call 2019, the earliest date at which your project could start is November 2019.
What is the latest date at which my project could start?
For projects funded in the QuantERA Call 2019, the latest date at which your project could start is March 2020. If you are in a particular case with reasons preventing you to start the project before March 2020, please contact the QuantERA Call Secretariat and a solution will be found.
Can partners of my project start at different dates?
The default situation is that all partners within the same project start at the same time. If you are in a particular case with reasons preventing a simultaneous start for all partners of the project, please contact the QuantERA Call Secretariat and a solution will be found.
Should the project partners sign a consortium agreement?
Yes, as was indicated in the Call Announcement it is requested that each project operates under a consortium agreement addressing the following topics at least:
- internal organisation and management of the consortium
- intellectual Property arrangements
- settlement of internal disputes
This document has to be signed by all partners and sent to QuantERA Coordination Office no later than three months after the start of a project. Please note that some Funding Agencies require that the Consortium Agreement is signed before the contract can be finalized. If you have further queries, please, contact your national Funding Agency.
The consortium agreement is written by the consortium of the project, without QuantERA’s intervention. You can start from the DESCA 2020 model (http://www.desca-2020.eu/) usually used for Horizon 2020 projects, and modify it to fit your needs.
How should I acknowledge the support of QuantERA in publications?
QuantERA asks you to acknowledge in each publication (job advertisement, articles, posters, websites, etc.) resulting from the project that the project was carried out within the QuantERA Programme. Furthermore, the actual individual grants should be acknowledged in publications in the way required by the national funding organisations. Following EU recommendations, we suggest considering open access options when publishing results of QuantERA funded projects.
You can acknowledge the support of QuantERA in your publications as follows: “This work was supported by the QuantERA grant [insert project acronym], by [insert the funding organisation and the grant number for that funding organisation], [insert the next funding organisation and the grant number for that funding organisation], etc....”. The number of cited funding organisations will depend on the number of project partners that contributed to the publication.
Will QuantERA monitor the proper implementation of the project?
Yes. For monitoring purposes, QuantERA will run two monitoring surveys and require two progress reports of each consortium: one at mid-term and one at the end of the project duration.
Please note that all activities raising ethical issues should be reported to the QuantERA Programme before their beginning along with:
- any ethics committee opinion required under national law and
- any notification or authorization for activities raising ethical issues required under national law.
Is there a possibility to extend the project due to Covid-19?
In response to the COVID-19 impact on research activities and following the consultations with the European Commission, the QuantERA Consortium has decided to open the option to request extensions of the QuantERA-funded projects, when deemed necessary.
All projects must be completed by the end of the following months at the latest:
- June 2022, for projects funded within Call 2017;
- June 2024, for projects funded within Call 2019.
Please note that the final decision on the extension lies within the authority of the respective Research Funding Organization and must be granted formally on the national/regional level.
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