All participants of a project financed under EU's framework programmes must sign a consortium agreement. Generally, a consortium agreement refers to the internal organisation of a consortium. The contract also regulates the rights and obligations of the project participants with reference to management structures and financial distribution, but also concerning confidentiality, liability and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).
Contrary to the grant agreement, the European Commission is not a party to the consortium agreement, which is only agreed and signed between the project participants. The grant agreement and its annexes is signed after consortium agreement has been concluded by the project partners.
Consortium agreements must be co-signed by the Rector of the University of Lapland, who is responsible for ensuring that the agreements comply with the existing legislation and our university's guidelines for research collaboration agreements.
Typically, the coordinator of a research project prepares a draft of the EU consortium agreement with a lawyer to be sent to other project participants. Drafts prepared outside of our university must be sent to the university's project lawyer for a compliance legal review before signing.