In-Kind Best Practices

In-Kind Contributions present one of the fundamental concepts of ESS. It is estimated that 40% of the entire ESS construction will be conducted through In-Kind agreements. As a result, it is important to share the knowledge base regarding In-Kind contributions with ESS partners. 

This Best Practices platform aims to answer some of the fundamental questions regarding In-Kind contributions. The most important terms are linked together and present a good overview of key In-Kind concepts at ESS. We are eager to develop this platform further and establish it as a starting point for further sharing of best In-Kind practices around Europe.

A good way to start is defining what In-Kind Contributions are. An In-kind Contribution is a non-cash contribution provided by a Member to the Organisation and may cover:

Technical components for the ESS facility as well as personnel needed to perform the testing, installation and/or integration of any such components;

  • R&D work as well as personnel needed to perform the R&D work;
  • Personnel made available for specific tasks during the Construction Phase;
  • Other products or services relevant for the completion of the ESS facility.

Every In-Kind contribution must follow the In-Kind Process. The In-Kind Collaboration is managed by the Work Unit/Work Package coordinators supported by In-Kind Management Group.

In-Kind Contributions have many advantages, but their disadvantages should not be ignored as well. Projects like ESS must rely on In-Kind contributions because they act as a sign of dedication from partner countries to the successful construction of a joint European project such as ESS.