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Negotiations for Grant Agreements - introduction
Following the positive evaluation of a project proposal, the proposal coordinator receives a letter of invitation by the Commission announcing the official start of the negotiation procedure. This letter of invitation provides details on the evaluation results and includes the independent experts’ Evaluation Summary Report (ESR) as well as a copy of the Negotiation Mandate.
The Negotiation Mandate gives information on the negotiation process, states the maximum Community contribution available and proposes a starting date for the project. The letter also indicates the contact details of the Commission project officers in charge of the negotiation procedure. In case the project proposal was subject to an ethical review the Ethical Review Report will also be included in the invitation letter.
Negotiations will be conducted via the Negotiation Facility Tool NEF. In some cases the Commission may request negotiation meetings to be held in Brussels.
The aim of the negotiation process is to agree on the technical details of the project as well as to clarify the financial and legal data of the project partners, which is required to facilitate the preparation of the Grant Agreement as well as the administration of the project on the side of the Commission. As soon as all requested data has been submitted to the Commission the Grant Agreement is drafted and sent to project coordinator for signature.
In case of technical problems with the online tool NEF the coordinator has the possibility to contact the FP7 helpdesk (EC-FP7-IT-HELPDESK(at)ec.europa.eu). All other issues should be discussed with the project officer.
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