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How does it work ?

Introduction

This section provides applicants with the necessary information to submit their applications online via CFI platform ac.cfi.fr

The figure below shows the general functioning of the platform: 

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Creation of an Applicant Account
Important ! The creation of an applicant account is mandatory in order to answer a call for applications.


1. How to access the necessary form to create an applicant account?

By clicking on one of the 3 following entries:

► « Register » button in the upper band

2. Registration Form

The form is composed of various identification and log in fields to be filled and validated.

Log in to the platform
Important ! Applicants must be connected the platform in order to answer a call for applications.


1. How to Log in to the platform?

► Access via the « log in » module in the lower band of the platform

1- By clicking on the « log in » button, a small window with all log in fields appear at the centre of the page.
2- Log in popup
3- Enter username
4- Enter password
5- Log in activation button once the fields are duly filled.


2. Applicant’s Menu

The applicant’s menu appears after logging in to the column located on the right side of the platform.

This menu gives access to two entries:

► My applicant account

This entry allows applicants to update the information related to their accounts as well as the passwords.

► My applications

In this section, applicants have access to the history of their previous applications. They can check and modify their applications till the closing of the current call.

Once the call deadline comes to an end, applicants can only check their applications. In other words, they can no longer make any modification to their applications after the closing of the call.

Submission of the Application

Important ! Before starting to fill the form, applicants should be well-informed of the eligibility conditions of the current call and gather all the additional required documents.


1. Visiting the current page of the call for applications

The call for applications page provides applicants with all the necessary information to submit their applications.

The call for applications is generally composed of the following entries:

►Theme of the call
►Types of the media concerned
►Targeted countries
►Place
►Profile of the applicants concerned
►Number of the applicants to be selected
►Call partners
► Launching and closing dates
►General description
►Key dates
►Selection and evaluation criteria
► List of the additional documents to be submitted
► Contact Email
►Attached document (s) to download (templates, documentation...)
►External link


2. How to access the online form

Applicants must imperatively be logged in to the platform in order to access the application form.

The button « application form » appears at the top and the bottom of the call page. By clicking on this button, applicants have access to the form. This button is only available for a single application per call. In other words, each applicant can only submit one application per call. Applicants can modify their applications until the closing of the call.

3. Online form

The form is composed of various types of fields divided into different tabs. The number and name of tabs vary according the relevant call.

Below are some examples of tabs:

► Call for applications intended for project holders (natural persons)

- Personal information
- Educational background and experiences
- Description of the project to be submitted
- Additional documents and links

► Call for applications intended for organizations

- Structure identity
- Description of the project to be submitted
- Supporting structure
- Additional documents and links

4. Final validation of the application

The final validation of the application is automatically done after the closing of the call. Applicants can make modifications to their applications throughout the call duration. Hence, applicants must make all the necessary modifications before the closing of the call.

Once the call deadline comes to an end, applicants can only check their applications. In other words, they can no longer make any modification to their applications following the closing of the call.


5. Application Validity

An application can have two visible statutes via the entry “my applications”:

► Complete file

A file is considered « complete” if all the fields are duly filled by the applicant. Only complete files will be processed and assessed by the members of the Jury.

►Incomplete file

By contrast, a file is considered “incomplete” if one or more fields are not filled by the applicant. Therefore, incomplete files will not be processed nor assessed by the members of the Jury.

An application can indefinitely be modified and completed till the closing date of the call. Thus, applicants cannot make modifications to their applications after the closing of the call.

Evaluation of the applications

Applications are processed and assessed by the members of the Jury after the closure of the call and according to the calendar appearing in the call description page.


1. Processing and evaluation

Applications are shortlisted by the project partners with the aim of screening out all applications that do not meet eligibility criteria clearly mentioned in the call for applications description.

Shortlisted applications are then submitted to the members of the Jury for evaluation.


2. Announcement of the Results

The list of selected applications is published on the call page. Shortlisted applicants will also be contacted via email.

Applicants whose names do not appear on this list and who have not been contacted should consider that their applications were not accepted. They can however submit new applications when new calls are launched.