To become a humanitarian partner of the European Commission, organisations must apply for a Framework Partnership Agreement (VPA). Once the partnership agreement is signed, partners will be able to submit project proposals each year in response to the Humanitarian Implementation Plans (IRPs) published by DG ECHO. Partners are selected according to specific criteria and legal and financial requirements as well as quality standards. This helps to ensure that partnerships are valuable to both the European Commission and the candidate organisation. The Partnership Framework Agreement sets out the principles of the partnership between ECHO and humanitarian organizations. It defines the respective roles, rights and obligations of partners and defines legislation on humanitarian actions funded by DG ECHO. Since the original agreement was signed, five further changes have been made to update the list of BPH partners and provide up-to-date information on the project. The VPA is not in itself a funding agreement, there are four additional specific grant agreements for the first three phases of the project, Ramp Up Phase, SGA1 and SGA2, as well as an Electronic Infrastructure Computer Agreement (ICEI) that funds EU super-computing centres to provide services to Neuroscience. For more information on the project`s funding structure, click here. The European Commission`s Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) does not intervene directly on the ground. The implementation of humanitarian aid is carried out by humanitarian organizations such as humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with which DG ECHO is in partnership . . .
. The Framework Partnership Agreement (VPA) outlines the overall work plan of the BPH for the duration of the project. It describes the main objective of the project, namely the establishment of a sustainable scientific research infrastructure, describes how this and other BPH objectives are achieved and explains how the project will work in terms of governance and transition to legal unity. The VPA was signed on 30 October 2015 by the European Commission and the HBP Coordinator (EPFL) on behalf of the HBP consortium. Information on how to become a humanitarian partner of the Commission. Instructions on how to become the European Commission`s humanitarian partners can be included in the press release (30_October_2015_FPA press release.pdf) on the ECHO partners` website. . The candidate NGO is a partner of DG ECHO for the duration of the framework partnership agreement. . In the case of framework partnership agreements signed after 1 January 2014, the relevant agreements come into force on the date the Commission receives an original signed by the humanitarian organisation. It remains valid until December 31, 2018, unless the parties decide otherwise. Applications for the signing of the VPA must be submitted online via the APPEL electronic exchange system.
. Download FPA Amendment One (HBP FPA Amendment 1.pdf) ..