Contract management is one of the most important issues for all participants in EU research projects.
Contract law is always present where persons reach agreements and arrangements of different nature in order to avoid problems, e.g. breach of arrangements, or to stipulate provisions with due regard to the interests of all contractors. In addition to the research contract which is concluded between the participants and the Commission, letters of intent, model contracts, and consortium agreements are, if necessary, important means for a successful implementation of R&D projects.
All details specified below concerning the contract management shall give participants a better overview of the contract law.
Considering the legal framework, a hierarchy of norms ranging from the EC contract, international treaties up to the Rules for Participation influences the contract network of the research projects.