Description of mechanism:


Funding decisions under the ENIAC JU Annual Work Programme are made on the basis of proposals submitted upon a call. Proposals describe planned research activities, information on who will carry them out and how much they will cost. The ENIAC JU evaluates all eligible proposals in order to identify those with a level of quality sufficiently high for possible funding. This evaluation is completed by a review process carried out by independent experts.

Following the evaluation, the Public Authorities Board of the ENIAC JU decides on the selection of proposals and the allocation of funding (ENIAC JU and national funding). The ENIAC Joint Undertaking then negotiates with selected proposals taking into account the maximum public funding allocated and the potential recommendations for changes. 

If negotiations are successfully concluded, grant agreements providing for a JU financial contribution (JU grant agreement) are established with the participants. Participants from ENIAC Member States must also conclude national grant agreements with their own national funding authorities as they normally also receive a national financial contribution. Each project participant established in an ENIAC Member State thus receives two streams of funding: one from the JU (which comes from the EU budget) and one from the ENIAC Member State. If the participant comes from an EU Member State or a country associated to the Seventh Framework Programme that is not an ENIAC Member State, then he receives only the JU financial contribution. The remaining support needed to cover the costs of the proposed work comes from the participants' own resources.

Financial Rules and Grant Agreement:


Support to projects is implemented through a co-funding scheme. The projects are be supported both by public funding (the financial contributions from the ENIAC Joint Undertaking and from the ENIAC Member States reimburse part of the eligible costs) as well as by contributions in kind from the project participants. Public funding will be provided at a percentage of the total eligible costs incurred by participants to implement the projects.

The financial contribution of the ENIAC Joint Undertaking is published in the Call. For the ENIAC Call 2008, it is 16.7% of eligible costs incurred by a participant to implement a project up to a total JU budget of €32 million for all participants funded under the 2008 call, and up to €37 million for all participants funded under the 2009 call.

A JU financial contribution may be given to any legal entity established in ENIAC Member States and any other EU Member State or FP7 Associated country (including the European Commission's Joint Research Centre).

The States described above include:



Latvia  Portugal
Austria France Liechtenstein Romania
Belgium Germany Luxembourg Serbia
Bulgaria Greece FYR Macedonia Slovak Republic
Croatia Hungary Malta Slovenia
Cyprus Iceland Montenegro Spain
Czech Republic Ireland Netherlands Sweden
Denmark Israel     Norway Switzerland
Estonia    Italy Poland Turkey
      United Kingdom

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The financial contribution of the ENIAC Member States is  a certain percentage of the eligible costs incurred by a participant to implement a project, which may vary according to the type of participant and the type of R&D activity as specified by each Member State. The list of ENIAC Member States and the maximum total financial contribution of each are specified in each Call. The financial commitments by the ENIAC Member States for the second call, for example, was approximately 68 M€.

Eligible costs are defined in the following way:

  • For participants established in ENIAC Member States, eligible costs are defined by the respective funding authorities issuing the national grant agreements.
  • For participants established in Member States or Associated Countries to the Seventh Framework Programme that are not ENIAC Member States, eligible costs are defined by the ENIAC Joint Undertaking.