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Glossary of Terms
Term Definition See Also
Academic sector Consists of public or private higher education establishments awarding academic degrees, public or private non-profit research organisations whose primary mission is to pursue research, and international European interest organisations as they are defined in Article 2 of the Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation.
Access rights Rights to use results or background under the terms and conditions laid down in accordance with the Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation (Regulation (EU) No 1290/2013). Background; Intellectual Property Rights; Results
Access to Risk Finance Access to Risk Finance shall aim to overcome deficits in the availability of debt and equity finance for R&D and innovation-driven companies and projects at all stages of development. Together with the equity instrument of the Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs, it shall support the development of European Union-level venture capital.
Account Administrator A role in the Participant Portal giving particular access rights for managing organisation-related data. Account Administrators are assigned by LEARs who delegate some of their tasks to them. Account Administrators have full read/write access to the organisation data and can assign Legal Signatories (LSIGNs) and Financial Signatories (FSIGNs). For more details on the management of roles and access rights in the Participant Portal see HERE.
Affiliated entity Any legal entity that is under the direct or indirect control of a participant, or under the same direct or indirect control as the participant, or is directly or indirectly controlling a participant. Control may take any of the forms set out in Article 7 of Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation (Regulation (EU) 1290/2013). Legal entity; Participant
Applicant Legal entity submitting an application for a call for proposals. When the application is submitted in the name of a consortium then the applicant is the coordinator.
Associated Country A Third Country which is party to an international agreement with the European Union, as identified in Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 1290/2013 [Horizon 2020]. Member State; Third Country
Award Criteria Also sometimes referred to as ‘evaluation criteria’. All proposals are evaluated on three criteria: excellence, impact, and quality and efficiency of the implementation. The work programme or work plan shall lay down further details of the application of the award criteria and specify weightings and thresholds.
Background Any data, know-how and/or information whatever their form or nature, tangible or intangible, including any rights such as intellectual property rights which are (i) held by participants prior to their accession to the action, (ii) identified by the participants in accordance with Article 42 of Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation (Regulation (EU) No 1290/2013), and (iii) needed for carrying out the action or for exploiting the results of the action. Intellectual Property Rights; Participant; Results
Basic act A legal act adopted by the European Union institutions in the form of a regulation, a directive or a decision within the meaning of Article 288 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union which provides a legal basis for the action. Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union
Beneficiary The legal person, other than the European Commission, who is a Party in the Grant Agreement.
Beneficiary Register A central database of organisations (legal entities) participating in EU funding programmes. Each organisation has a Participant Identification Code (PIC) that is used as the unique identifier in all interactions in any proposals or