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In the R&I Framework Programme, project funding is so far based on the reimbursement of actual costs. Despite simplified rules and improved IT support, this system remains complex and error-prone. One of the Commission’s initiatives with high potential to overcome this problem, and to simplify further, is the wider use lump sums.

Consequently, a lump sum funding approach was developed that removes all obligations on actual cost reporting, timesheets, and financial ex-post audits. The objective is a massive reduction in errors and administration of R&I grants, and a stronger focus on content.

The new approach was tested extensively in the ‘Horizon 2020 lump sum pilot’ during the last three years of the programme. Today, about four years after opening the first pilot calls, they release the Assessment of the Lump Sum Pilot 2018-2020. Available for download on the page here.

The report presents the pilot in more detail and brings together comprehensive feedback that has been gathering from the start.

Overall, the assessment shows that lump sum funding works in practice and that the approach developed in Horizon 2020 is fit for wider use in Horizon Europe.

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