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Ever since the Horizon Europe programme chose to expand the use of lump sum grants, this unique model has received a lot of attention. Many questions and calls for clarification have been raised, and rightfully so. By many measures, this model is quite different from its more traditional and well-known counterpart – the traditional “actual costs model”.

To help in the process of gaining a more holistic understanding of the lump sum model, we’ve put together a series of articles which you’ll find below.

Lump sum part 1: Understanding Horizon Europe lump sum grants


In the first article of this series, we focus on the basics of the lump sum model. In addition, we will discuss the unique benefits and added values of this budget model. Finally, we will review and explain how a lump sum grant works both during pre-award and post-award phases.


Check out this first article here.

Lump sum part 2: The lump sum model – Expectations Vs. Reality


With an understanding of the basic principles of the lump sum grant, it is time to accelerate to the less discussed aspects and issues. ­From our ongoing work and experience with this model, we’ve come to note some existing discrepancies between the written information about lump sum, and what is expected in practice. Having discussed the foundations of the lump sum model in our 1st article, now we’ll discuss some of the shortcomings and issues that are inherent to this model. It is important to be well aware of these potential issues, and to thoroughly plan your budget accordingly.


Refer to the second article here.

Lump sum part 3: FAQ’s about the lump sum grant


In this article of the series, we take on the most frequently asked questions we receive regarding the lump sum model. This is a great article to refer back to, since we’ll be sure to update it whenever a new question arises. If you have any specific questions of your own which we did not cover, we urge you to reach out to us with your questions.


For a full list of the questions and answers we’ve already covered, continue here.

Horizon Europe Consortium Agreement when applying the Lump sum model


In this article, we’ll focus on the unique attributes that one should take into consideration when drafting a consortium agreement in projects that implement the “Lump sum” funding model, and refer also to aspects raised by DESCA, the leading model of Consortium Agreement in Horizon Europe. 


Refer to the article here.

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