Ten golden obligatory rules

The following 10 rules are extracted from the Grant Agreement or the Guide for RISE-type actions


1. ​Staff members must be actively engaged in or linked to research and/or innovation activities for at least six months (full-time equivalent) at the sending institution, before the first period of secondment.

2. The eligible secondments in this project are only those achieved by staff members belonging to the project EU partners. 

3. A staff member may stay at least 1 month and no longer than 12 months on secondments.

4. The beneficiaries must — for a period of 5 years after the payment of the balance — keep records and other supporting documentation in order to prove the proper implementation of the action and the costs they declare as eligible.

5. The beneficiaries must keep the original documents. Digital and digitalised documents are considered originals if they are authorised by the applicable national law. The Agency may accept non-original documents if it considers that they offer a comparable level of assurance.

6. Each beneficiary must ensure open access (free of charge online access for any user) to all peer-reviewed scientific publications relating to its results.

7. Each published paper must acknowledge the support by the following sentence: The research was supported by Horizon2020-2017-RISE-777911 project.

8. Before engaging in a communication activity expected to have a mainstream media coverage the beneficiaries must inform the Agency.

9. Each beneficiary must insert in the Participant Portal the requested details of each achieved secondment in maximum 20 days after the secondment was ended. 

10.  Each beneficiary must contribute to the work progress reports requested by the Agency. 



Staff members must be (early-stage or experienced) researchers or administrative, managerial or technical staff supporting the R&I activities under the action. 

Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) must, at the date of secondment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Experienced Researchers (ER) must, at the date of the secondment, be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.

Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded) – even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged.

Secondment period means the period(s) spent by the staff member in a host organisation (including travel periods) for the purposes of the project in line with the provisions of the Grant Agreement.