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APPLICANT'S GUIDE. SUMMARY. PAGE 1 OF 2. I. INTRODUCTION 2. II. MAIN STEPS OF THE APPLICATION EFORM 2. III. HOW TO FILL IN, SUBMIT, PRINT AND SEND THE APPLICATION FORM 3 ...

    EUROPEAN COMMISSION

    Directorate-General for Education and Culture

    Lifelong Learning Programme

    Call 2012

    LLP Application eForms 2012

    Applicant's Guide

    Summary

    I. Introduction 2 II. Main steps of the Application eForm 2 III. How to fill in, submit, print and send the application form 3 IV. Types of fields and functionalities 5

    IV.A. Field Types 5

    IV.B. Repeaters 6

    IV.C. Functions that appear as “buttons” 7 V. Opening eForms on Mac computer 8

    Page 1 of 9

I.Introduction

    ‘LLP Application eForms’ allows the completion and submission of application forms for certain actions of the Lifelong Learning Programme (hereinafter referred as LLP) in electronic format.

    It also allows:

     Validating the form (check whether the compulsory data is complete and correct)

     Submitting the application form online

     Printing the application form to be signed and sent by post

In 2012 Call, ‘LLP Application eFormsare available for the following 7 actions:

     Preparatory Visits (for Comenius, Grundtvig, Erasmus and Leonardo).

     Erasmus Mobility Higher Education Institutions

     Leonardo Transfer of Innovation

     Partnerships (for Comenius Multilateral and Bilateral, Grundtvig and Leonardo)

     Leonardo Mobility (for IVT, PLM, VETPRO)

     Comenius and Grundtvig In-Service Training

     Comenius Assistantships (Assistants and Hosts)

‘LLP Application eFormsare PDF files and can be filled with Adobe Reader. The applicant will

    need to use version 8.2 or higher of Adobe Reader. It is recommended, in all cases, to use the latest version of Adobe Reader.

    Adobe Reader is free and available from www.adobe.com

The 'LLP Application eForms' have to be downloaded from the Website of the National Agency of

    the country of the Applicant.

    II.Main steps of the Application eForm

    The main steps for the submission of a LLP Application eForm are:

    ; Download the Application eForm as a PDF file

    o From the National Agency website through internet;

    ; Fill the Application eForm (offline)

    o No need to be connected to Internet;

    ; Validate the Application eForm (offline):

    1o The validation checks the completeness of the compulsory information and that

    the data meets some eligibility requirements;

    ; Submit Application eForm:

1 It is not possible to submit online the eForm unless the application is valid

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    o The submission has to be done online (connected to Internet at the moment of

    clicking on the button “submission online”). If the submission is successful it is

    confirmed by the insertion of the “submission ID” in section SUBMISSION of the

    application form;

    o Create Email attachment and send it to the NA email address (backup solution only

    if the online submission is not possible or available);

    ; Save:

    o It is recommended to save the form on your PC for future reference

; Print:

    o the submitted form (to be signed)

    ; Send by Post to the National Agency:

    o the printed-signed form.

    III.How to fill in, submit, print and send the application form

    The procedure that the applicant should follow to complete an application to a specific action is

    described below step by step:

    ;; The eForm is available at the National Agencies websites.

    ! APPLICATIONS ARE PROVIDED BY THE NATIONAL AGENCIES.

    ?; Applicants should download the application form from the website of the National

    Agency of their country and save it locally, in their PC or network. It is a PDF file.

! THE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION IS MADE ASSUMING THAT THE APPLICANT HAS

    DOWNLOADED AND SAVED THE EFORM LOCALLY.

?; The applicant opens the eForm using the ‘Open’ function of Adobe Reader or by

    double-clicking on the PDF file. The “Open Form” window allows searching for the file

    in the available drives and folders of the computer.

    The applicant fills in the required fields on the form, using the mouse or tab keys to

    navigate.

    Please note that:

    a. Mandatory fields are marked by special color as described in ?Field Types IV.A.2.

    b. Fields appearing in grey are Prefilled or calculated Fields” as described in ?IV.A

    - Field Types. They cannot be modified by the applicant and will display either

    default values, calculation results or data already inputted in other fields or

    tables.

    c. If there are tables and fields in the form where multiple entries are possible or

    blocks/sections that can be repeated, the applicant can add or delete rows or

    sections by clicking on the buttons or .

    d. The results of numeric calculations and the numbering or rows and repeaters

    appear automatically in some tables but in other cases, when a button

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     appears, the applicant has to click on this button to obtain the

    result of the calculations. This case applies to calculations, which can be

    overridden by the applicant in case (s)he would like to correct the calculated

    amount (i.e. apply for a higher than standard grant, wher it is allowed). While filling the form, the applicant can always save the data already filled. It is

    possible to save the form before it has been validated, using ‘Save’. In order to avoid

    losing data because of any technical failure or problem, it is a good practice to save the

    form regularly while completing the eForm.

    ! IT IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE TO SAVE A FORM BEFORE VALIDATION.

    ,; After filling the form, the applicant presses the "Validate” button to verify that the

    form is filled correctly and that there is no missing compulsory data. When the applicant:

    1.1. has finished completing the eForm,

    1.2. has ensured that all compulsory fields had been filled and the eForm is valid and 1.3. is satisfied with the data it contains i.e. the applicant has proofread it on the

    printout of its last version,

    5. The applicant presses the “Submit Online” button to submit the form. If there are no

    errors in the submission process, the success in submission is confirmed by the insertion of the “Submission ID” in section SUBMISSION of the application form.

In case of failure of the submission procedure (e.g. the “Submission ID” doesn’t appear

    in section SUBMISSION or any information about submission errors is displayed), the applicant should follow the alternative procedure described in ? III.9.

    ! PLEASE NOTE THAT IN ORDER TO SUBMIT A FORM IT MUST BE VALID. A NON-VALID FORM WILL

    GENERATE AN ERROR MESSAGE IF THE APPLICANT TRIES TO SUBMIT IT.

!; The applicant prints out:

    the completed application form submitted (PDF eForm as submitted online). To

    print the form, use the ‘Print Form’ button (or the "print" function in the File menu).

    On the printed submitted application form and in particular in the Declaration of

    honor (last page), the applicant:

    Fill in manuscript the compulsory fields: place, names and date

    Fill in any other field if relevant and required

    Add the stamp of the applying organization (if required)

    Sign the application

    ,; In the case of a “Partnership” form

    a. The coordinator sends to the partners the completed and submitted

    application form (the PDF file) well before the deadline to allow them to

    respect it for the paper submission.

    b. The partners and the coordinator must insert the following information into the

    grant application form (section M. SIGNATURE):

    i. Fill in manuscript the compulsory fields: date, names, position, etc.

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    ii. Add the stamp of the applying organization if required by your National

    Agency

    iii. Sign the application

    ! PARTNERS MUST NOT MODIFY ANY DATA IN THE FORM ONCE THE FORM HAS BEEN SUBMITTED BY

    THE COORDINATOR. THE INFORMATION MUST BE ENTERED BY THE PARTNERS EXCLUSIVELY IN

    MANUSCRIPT MODE.

    (; The applicant (coordinator and partners in the case of partnerships) sends by post the

    signed application form to the address of the National Agency (that can be found in

    section B.3. NATIONAL AGENCIES of the form) before the dead-line:

    ;; In case of failure of the online submission procedure:

    ! IN CASE THE EFORM IS COMPLETE AND VALIDATED, BUT THE SUBMISSION IS IMPOSSIBLE, PLEASE:

    a. CHECK THAT THE COMPUTER IS CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET;

    b. ASK YOUR NATIONAL AGENCY ABOUT KNOWN PROBLEMS IN THE SUBMISSION PROCEDURE;

    c. IF NO SOLUTION IS FOUND, FOLLOW THE ALTERNATIVE PROCEDURE DESCRIBED BELOW

    A. The applicant clicks on the button "Create Email Attachment":

    a. A new small file with extension XML is created; it contains the data of the 2application form. The applicant saves this file ;

    b. The applicant sends this file as an attachment to the email address of the National

    Agency that can be found in section B.3. NATIONAL AGENCIES of the form:

    B. The applicant prints out:

    a. the application form validated but not submitted;

    b. In the Declaration of Honour (last page of the application form) the applicant :

    i. Fills in place and date

    ii. Fills in any other field if relevant and required

    iii. Puts the stamp of the applying organization if relevant

    iv. Signs

    C. The applicant sends the signed application form by post to the National Agency before

    the deadline.

    IV.Types of fields and functionalities

    IV.A.Field Types

    In eForms there are 3 types of fields:

    1. Prefilled or calculated Fields:

    They appear with a grey background. They are not available for data entry.

    2. Compulsory Fields:

2 If there is any difficulty with the generation of the message containing as an attachment the xml file, it is also

    possible to produce the same file using the top menu and selecting Document / Forms / Export Data. The file created

    has to be attached to a message and sent to the NA address. Attention! Do not send this file if you have succeeded a submission online or if the form is not valid.

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    They appear with an orange background or with a red border. All have to be filled to be

    able to validate the form.

    3. Optional Fields:

    They appear with a yellow background or without red border. They have to be filled if

    relevant but they are not compulsory.

Fig. 1. eForms Application field types.

    To highlight the compulsory fields, click on the Highlight Fields button in the information pane.

Fig. 2. Highlight Fields function.

    Compulsory fields appear highlighted with a red border.

Fig. 3. eForms Application field types: compulsory fields highlighted.

    IV.B.Repeaters

    Two standard functionalities are available to add and delete one or more items to a list.

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Fig. 4. Repeater - Default layout.

    If new rows are needed they can be added by pressing the “+” button.

    It is possible to remove any row from the list by pressing the - button.

    IV.C.Functions that appear as “buttons”

     “Validate” button: Checks that all the compulsory fields have been filled in. If some of

    them are not filled in, a message with the name of the first incomplete field encountered is

    displayed and the focus is moved to the relevant field in the form. This button is placed in

    all pages. It will check all the fields of the form, not only those on the same page of the

    button clicked.

     “Submit Online” button: Performs the same validation as that of the “Validate” button and,

    if the form is valid, sends the data to a central server. If the submission is successful it is

    confirmed by the insertion of the “submission ID” in section SUBMISSION of the application

    form.

     “Print Form” button: Launches the printing of the application form.

    For a correct print-out of the form it is recommended to select the option “Shrink to

    Printable Area” in the “Print” window as shown in figure 4 below.

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    Fig. 5. Printing options.

     “Create Email Attachment” button: Allows the applicant to extract the data of the

    application in a small “XML” file that can be sent as an attachment to the National Agency

    in case of failure of the online submission.

IV.D.PDF Standard functions

    Standard PDF functions that can be found in the top menu and/or as icons in the navigation pane vary depending on the version of Adobe Reader used by the applicant. They are explained in the Help system of Adobe Reader.

V.Opening eForms on Mac computer

    Mac-computers use the application "Preview" as a default to open pdf-files. Comenius application files (pdf) cannot be opened by "Preview", only by Adobe. If "Preview" is set as the default application to open pdf-files, your Mac will not open the Comenius documents, even if you download and install Adobe on your Mac. Adobe should be set as the default (instead of "Preview").

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1 Procedure 1 (Adobe has not been downloaded on your Mac yet))

- Download and install Adobe X 10.0.0 on your Mac

    - When first opening Adobe you will be asked if you want to set Adobe as the default to open pdf-files: select YES

    2 Procedure 2 (the latest version of Adobe has already been installed on your Mac, but is not the default application to open pdf-files)

     - Select any pdf-file anywhere on your computer (just click on it)

    - Go to the 'File' menu and select "Show info " in the submenu "open with" >> select "Adobe Reader" in the same submenu then select: "change all" (i.e. 'use this application to open all files of this type')

Now your Mac is ready to open the Comenius application files.

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