Electronic proposal submission: Get an EU Login account > Get a PIC number (Participant Register) > Launch Submission wizard > Pre-register your draft proposal > List participants, contact persons > Fill in Administrative Forms (Part A) > Upload Technical Description (Part B) > Submit your proposal > Acknowledgement of receipt
Proposals must be submitted online using the Portal Submission System and before the call deadline.
Detailed explanations are available in the HOW TO
Actions to be completed before submission
Submitting the application
The Submission wizard will guide you step-by-step through the process.
Detailed explanations are available in the HOW TO
Do not forget to check the system requirements for using the Submission System.
Do not wait until the end to submit
It is highly recommended to submit your proposalas early as possible and at least 48 hours before the deadline. This will avoid technical problems (system requirements, local configuration settings, system congestion, etc.)
Please note that you can submit the proposal as many times as you want. Every submitted version will replace the previous one. Your proposal is sealed and closed. It will not be accessed before the deadline of the call. There is no reason to delay submission for fear of disclosure.
In Step 4 of the wizard you specify the organisations participating in the consortium. As from 2021, this will include Affiliated Entities and Associated Partners. They will therefore need to have registered beforehand and have their PIC. Their budget will also have to be individualised already at application stage (separate row in the budget table).
In Step 4 of the wizard you also specify the contact persons for the organisations. To read more about the levels of access rights, see the Roles and access rights section.
If your organisation is already registered, but organisation-related data has changed during proposal preparation, you cannot update it directly in the Submission System.
The update must first be requested via the Participant Register ( My Organisations > Actions > Modify Organisation ):
Page limits and formatting requirements for the Technical Description (Part B)
Don't forget that applications may have mandatory page limits and formatting requirements (indicated at the beginning of the application form). Excess pages will be automatically made invisible, and will not be taken into consideration by the evaluators.
Checklist for submission
Before submitting the proposal, check that:
- your proposal fulfills the call conditions
- the proposal (both the Administrative Forms (Part A) and Technical Description (Part B)) is complete, readable, accessible and printable
- the requested declarations have been made
- all consortium members have:
- obtained a user account to log in to the Portal
- registered in the Participant Register.
For some programmes, you can find standard evaluation forms similar to those used by our evaluators on Portal Reference Documents . Try them out. Ideally, ask a disinterested colleague to carry out a mock evaluation.
Multiple versions of proposal
You can submit your proposal several times before the deadline, to make updates or changes. To view or change your submitted proposal, go to My Proposals > View Submitted > Re-edit proposal . As long as the call has not been closed, the newly submitted version will overwrite the previous one.
Please note that the re-edit functionality is not available for continuously open calls.
If the Coordinator submits a number of similar proposals, the Granting Authority may ask them to choose one or more of them to be withdrawn.
Specific submission schemes
Two-stage submission schemes — You must submit a short outline proposal for stage 1 and will be invited to submit a full application only if you pass to stage 2. The full application must be consistent with the short outline proposal (no substantial differences allowed).
Calls with multiple cut-off dates — The call has a final closure date (usually the end of the funding programme) and several cut-off dates that trigger evaluation. There is an evaluation session after each cut-off date and the final closure date (normally within a month). After each cut-off date, the submitted proposals are grouped, reviewed and ranked together. Evaluation results are made available and proposals invited for grant preparation. If you miss a cut-off date, the proposal will be evaluated with the next batch in the next evaluation session.
At submission, the application package is combined into one document, sealed and an e-receipt is generated (with date and time of submission).
All contact persons of the coordinating organisation will receive an e-mail (after each submission if several). If you have not received this e-mail, the application has not been submitted. Please try again or contact the IT Helpdesk.
After the submission, there is normally no further contact between you and us until after the end of the evaluation. The competent EU service will contact you only if there is a need to clarify issues or request additional information or if the call foresees a hearing/interview as part of the evaluation procedure.
Withdrawal of submitted proposals
Before the call deadline, a proposal can be withdrawn at Step 6 of the wizard ( My Proposals > View Submitted > Withdraw proposal ). After the call deadline, withdrawal has to be requested via the IT Helpdesk.
Once withdrawn, the new status will be shown on the My Proposals page (and you can delete the application with the Delete button).
After the call deadline
Once the call deadline has passed, no further corrections or re-submissions are possible. However, you can have read-only access to the submitted proposal ( My Proposals > View Submitted ).
Proposals that were never submitted (remain in draft status) are accessible for 90 days after the call deadline ( My Proposals > View Draft ).