EIT Food programme funding
Please note, the QUB EIT FOOD team are working hard to ensure that all programmes go ahead as planned on a virtual format. If you have any concerns surrounding coronavirus and the EIT Food programmes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Letter from EIT Food CEO Dr Andy Zynga
Dear EIT Food Partners,
We are thinking of you all as we read the news of how this virus is spreading across Europe, and hope that you, your family and friends are keeping safe and well.
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. There is no longer any “business as usual”, and at EIT Food we are adapting to a situation which changes daily. While each CLC is following the local rules and guidelines, we have also encouraged our colleagues to telework as much as possible, and this may have a knock-on effect on our responsiveness as we adapt to a remote way of working. We ask for your continued collaboration and patience as we all transition into the new “usual” for the weeks ahead.
Just like you, we are looking to the EIT and European Commission for their position regarding the potential impact this can have on all our activities, and EIT provided us on Friday with the following guidance:
- Concerning cost eligibility, we request all EIT beneficiaries to continue to act in line with the principle of sound financial management and avoid losses and sunk costs by taking mitigation measures especially concerning event planning, meetings and travels. You are advised to cancel or postpone events in due course, and use cancellation options for bookings. Nevertheless, if it can be demonstrated that costs incurred were unavoidable and outside the beneficiary’s control, then the EIT will reimburse them in line with applicable H2020 rules.
- As regards impact to performance and implementation of activities funded by the EIT, in line with good project management practices, any deviations from plan (e.g. adverse effect on deliverables, KPIs, outputs, etc.) can be accepted if well justified as part of upcoming amendments or KIC reporting.
As a follow up to this guidance, the EIT has arranged a cross-KIC COO call later this week to align on how the virus may impact the current timelines and deliverables; we will keep you informed on any further developments.
On our side, we are also working with legal counsel to update the Internal Grant Agreement 2020 text to reflect the current situation and make reference to the EIT points outlined above – we hope that this will provide some assurances for our Partners and not delay the signature of the Agreement once the process is launched. We apologise for the further delay.
Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.