Commission adopts new rules for funding salaries in Horizon 2020 grants
On 27 February 2017, the European Commission presented a fresh amendment to the provisions of Horizon 2020 tackling some unintended side effects on researchers in some countries with a low basic salary, whose pay in nationally funded projects is improved with larger bonuses. Researchers working on EU-funded research and innovation projects now will receive at least as much salary as they would get if they were working on national projects, and will be eligible for an additional bonus of up to €8000 per year.
The Commission has tackled the problem by adjusting the salary concept in the Horizon 2020 Model Grant Agreement, and putting it in line with national practice. Under Horizon 2020, the definition of basic salary and additional remuneration is used for calculating reimbursement of personnel costs. According to a new, broader definition, some of the top-up bonuses that researchers previously received as additional remuneration will now be treated as part of their basic salary, to the level that they would receive when working on nationally-funded projects. In addition, the Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation still allow the payment of additional bonuses under certain conditions, capped at €8000 per person per year.
The new measures will apply retroactively to all on-going Horizon 2020 grants.