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Contract management

One of the most important tasks in handling EU research projects is the conclusion of different contracts as well as a constant monitoring to ensure that they are complied with in the course of the project. This may also make contract adjustments necessary.

The Grant Agreement (GA) which is concluded between the grantee and the European Commission, is the key and most important contractual document. In addition to this:

  • Consortium Agreement (CA)

  • Additional agreements

  • Declarations of intention (e.g. Memorandum of Understanding, MoU; Letter of Intent, LoI)

as well as other agreements (e.g. Code of Conduct, Associate Partner Agreement) between the project partners, but also with other parties involved in the project, depending on the individual case, are important foundations that are all essential for the successful implementation of R&D projects.

Looking at the superordinate legal framework, there is a hierarchy of norms that starts with the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and extends through the EU Financial Regulation to the rules on participation. This hierarchy of norms also significantly determines the contractual network in which research projects are usually embedded.


The following websites provide an overview of various aspects of contract management. The websites provide comprehensible information to stakeholders who are not legal experts to gain some insight into the somewhat complex subject of contract law.