Part One - Overview



What is meant by partnering?
How is Framework Programme Six different?
What are the responsibilities of a partner?
What are the major risks?
How do you set up an effective consortium?


Finding Partners

Managing expectations

Making the commitment

Getting started


Final checklist

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Each Framework Programme evolves through lessons learned from preceding Programmes. This time round, the way that the programme will be run is influenced by three new priorities.

  • Explicit recognition of the need to address global issues at a European level through support for a European Research Area (ERA).
  • Greater autonomy for project consortia, leading to the creation of a new type of contract for larger-scale and longer-term Integrated Projects.
  • More emphasis on anticipating and planning for longer-term opportunities by bringing leading-edge research teams together into Networks of Excellence.

Partners within a consortium will bring their existing knowledge into the project in order to gain access to the combined knowledge of the consortium members as well as the intellectual property rights (IPR) developed within the project itself.

This document is designed to help you evaluate the opportunity, prepare properly for the role you are taking on and manage the risks associated with collaboration.