The great flexibility and autonomy given to consortia in FP6 projects make the definition of internal rules and modalities of cooperation between the participants imperative. For this reason the conclusion of a Consortium Agreement is mandatory for most of the actions of FP6 (unless otherwise specified in the call for proposals). The European Commission will not be a party within this agreement and will not have to give its approval to it.
A checklist is provided to assist contractors to identify issues that may arise during the implementation of a research project and which may be facilitated or governed by means of the Consortium Agreement, such as:
- The internal organisation and management of the consortium
- Intellectual property arrangements either generated during the project or existing prior to or acquired in parallel with the project
- Settlement of internal disputes, change in consortium membership, potential solution to problems relating to technical implementation and solution to potential financial problems.
The consortium agreement should be signed by all participants preferably before the signature of the contract with the Commission, but at the latest within a period specified in the contract with the Commission after signature of the latter.