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Setting up a consortium: the essential foundations for getting started

The creation of your partnership within the framework of a European project must be carried out rigorously. Our 5 tips to help you built your consortium:

Tip 1: Take into account the objectives of the project, the expected impacts of the call and the program’s criteria. Identify the tasks that you will be able to carry on your own, and those where you will need help. Partners should have a specific role and bring a real added value.

Tip 2: You need to ensure that your consortium is composed of organizations that already have experience in European or international projects. They will be driving forces. Having a consortium with different profiles, both novice and experienced, ensures a balance.

Tip 3: Consortium diversity is increasingly expected to represent the whole value chain. Think intersectorality and interdisciplinarity!

Tip 4: The balance must also be geographical. The consortium must best represent the diversity of the Union. In this context, the new Member States, such as Croatia, as well as the candidate countries, such as Albania or Bosnia-Herzegovina for example, or partner countries, should not be neglected.

Tip 5: Finally, tools for collaborative work and clear rules for decision-making between the different members must be defined upstream. The question, for example, of intellectual property must be clarified upstream in order to avoid any dispute during and after the project, and the appropriate agreements must be signed (NDA…).

These 5 tips will enable you to lay the foundations for a balanced consortium capable of fully meeting its objectives.


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