Training in the administrative and financial management of European grants, and staying constantly updated, is a professional necessity for those who work with these types of funds.

The provisions contained in the Grant Agreement (GA) are subject to evolving interpretations based on the needs identified by the donor (EC/Agency) during the implementation phase of the programs.

In the transition from the 2014-2020 programming period to the 2021-2027 programming period, the European Commission adopted a new Program Implementation Strategy, introducing significant simplifications in project management to implement the so-called simplification pillar. Among the most significant changes are the structural introduction of “Financing not linked to project’s costs (Lump Sum),” the transition to the daily rate for personnel costs, the cancellation of the rule of the “most recent closed financial year,” the calculation of the daily rate based on the reporting period, and other important innovations.

Furthermore, with the introduction of the so-called Corporate Approach, the EC aimed to standardize the GA rules and their interpretation, avoiding substantial differences between different programs. This standardization makes the training suitable for all directly managed programs.


Our standard training offer in Administrative and Financial Management of European projects consists of 2 training days. The on-site version includes 7 hours of training per day, for a total of 14 hours. The online version consists of 4 hours per day, for a total of 8 hours.

Adopting a very pragmatic didactic approach enriched with examples and exercises, the first day covers the basic notions related to grant management, contextualizing the obligations within the overall contractual framework. Cost eligibility is analyzed by cost form (Actual, Unit, Flat Rate, Lump Sum) and by budget category. On day 1, the first, most important, and complex budget category (i.e., personnel costs) is thoroughly examined, including the eligibility of personnel sub-categories and the calculation of rates/costs.

On day two, we address the eligibility of other common budget categories (subcontracting, financial support to third parties, travel, equipment, other goods and services, internal invoicing). Upon request, specific cost categories present in the ERC, EIC, and MSCA programs can be integrated.

The remainder of the training day is devoted to administrative aspects (non-financial obligations) and the role of third parties (affiliated entities/linked third parties, international partners/associated partners, recipients, in-kind contributors, and financial contributors).

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