Are there specific thresholds related to specific budget lines/categories (ie 15% for equipment, 30% for external expertise and services etc.)?

The « External expertise and services » budget heading is recommended not to exceed 50% of the partner total eligible budget. Please, also note that travel and accommodation costs of associated partners should be reported in this heading.

For cost categories using simplified costs option, the thresholds are the following: lump sum of 37.000€ for preparation costs, Flat rate of 15% of eligible costs for the calculation of office and administrative expenditure, Flat rate of 15% (for EU partners) or 22% (for partners from IPA countries) of eligible staff costs for the calculation of travel and accommodation, when the flat rate option is chosen for this cost category.