Everyone’s heard of it and some have experienced it in pilot projects – lump sum funding. Does that mean no more cost reporting?  A researcher’s dream come…or is the nightmare just beginning?What should be the potential advantages?

  • Huge simplification
    • No actual costs
    • No eligibility rules
    • No financial audits
  • Despite all simplification, funding based on reimbursement of incurred costs stays complex and error-prone
  • Focus on performance = shift from focus on financial management and checking costs to focus on scientific-technical content of the projects.


Join Stephen Webb (RTDS Group) as he chairs the session “Lump sum funding: some shade of grey?” with Martin Baumgartner (Head of Unit and Austrian NCP for Legal and Financial aspects), Gonzalo Arevalo (Deputy Director for International Research Programmes and International relations, Spanish NCP for Legal and Financial Issues) and María Alfayate (Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission, where she is responsible for the Simplification file, the Lump Sum pilots and the Implementation Strategy for Horizon Europe).


Lump sum funding in Horizon projects

EARMA Conference, Sala Italia, Friday 29th March, 16:00 – 17:00