1: Is there a maximum number of partners to be involved in a proposal?
The call only foresees the minimum number of partners to be involved and their characteristics. Composition and size of the partnership will be subject of quality evaluation; it is recommended to clearly describe the role of each partner in the application form.
2: May bodies located in countries outside the ADRION programme area participate in the project as financing project partners? For example, may a body located in Hungary be involved in the partnership?
Project financing partners located outside of the programme area are not eligible.
3: Having regard to the location of the involved universities/faculties, is it advisable to engage several business partners in the same ADRION partner countries, to be able to absorb all the interns during master implementation?
This solution is possible and must be justified in the application Form. Involvement of business partners (location, number, characteristics etc) will be subject of quality assessment.
4: What about the participation of universities/faculties in more than one project proposals?
The participation of a university or of a faculty depends on its legal independency and on the national university structure.
A university or a faculty is independent if it has its own VAT number; if this is the case, it can apply only once as a lead partner and no more than three times as project partner.
The respect of this rule shall be verified during the eligibility check.
5: Can a project partner can participate only in one proposal per topic (Blue Economy, Social Innovation, Renewable Energy, Circular Economy) either as Lead Applicant or Project Partner?
The call does not foresee limitations in respect of number of proposals per topic under which one institution can apply. However, we strongly recommend focusing the efforts and mobilising available resources towards writing/taking part in good quality project proposal(s), instead of focusing on the quantity, as this will in no way increase the possibilities to get funding. Given the available programme resources for this call and the deadline for submission of project proposals, our advice is to carefully evaluate possible partnerships and topics and focus only on those for which a good quality project proposal in line with all call requirements can be presented.
6: Which is the role foreseen for business partners? Are they expected to be involved in the implementation of internships only?
In addition to the implementation of internships, business partners are expected to be involved in the definition of the master programme to ensure that it corresponds to the needs of the market and state-of-the-art of the selected business sector.
7: How many times can a business organisation apply in this call for proposals?
As far as business organisations are concerned, there is no limit regarding their participation. However, their capacity in being part in more than one project shall be subject to quality assessment.
8: Are business support organisations and regional economic development agencies eligible as business partner?
The main reason of the involvement of business entities is their engagement in internship. From the technical point of view, it is not clear the added value of a business entity not directly involved in internships.
Business support organizations and regional economic development agencies involved in the project partnership without a direct engagement in the internship will not positively assessed.
However, they can support the partnership during its preparation phase to identify suitable bodies for hosting students’ internship. In case it is decided to involve them in the project, sound justification must be provided in the application form.
9: Can an NGO be considered as a business partner?
NGOs can be project partners upon conditions that they are active in the topic chosen for the future master and are able to be effectively involved in the internships.
10: Can other bodies be involved as project partners?
Other public and private entities than those reported in the programme manual and whose main ordinary scope of activities and expected to be implemented in the project is activities coordination, management, communication, or knowledge management, are not considered as eligible partners.
11: Has the programme envisaged a tool to facilitate partner search? A dedicated LinkedIn group has been created: