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The European Commission will roll out a simplification package to facilitate participation and reduce administrative barriers in Horizon 2020. This second wave of simplification of Horizon 2020 aligns with an on-going process of improvement in the programme and reflects the views of research, business and relevant stakeholders. The new measures will decrease red tape, and simplify rules and procedures to enhance the attractiveness of Horizon 2020 to world class researchers and innovative enterprises.
The simplification measures comprise:
Furthermore a new amendment to the provisions of Horizon 2020 has been made to guarantee that researchers working on EU-funded projects “will receive at least as much salary as they would get if they were working on national projects”. On top of this, eligibility for a bonus of up to €8000 per year continues under the Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation. To close a gap in compensation, the salary concept in Horizon 2020 has been adjusted to mirror national practice. Some top-ups received will now be considered part of the basic-salary, as opposed to additional income. This is to tackle unintended side effects and participatory barriers, for researchers in countries with a low basic salary, who commonly gain improved funding in national projects via a practice of receiving bonuses.