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Q: Is it possible to have scientific and financial coordinator in the project?
A: As laid down in Article 25 of the FP7 Rules for participation, there is always one project coordinator. The specific tasks for which the coordinator is responsible are defined in Article II.3 of the FP7 Grant agreement:
1. The coordinator shall:
a) administer the Community contribution regarding its allocation between beneficiaries and activities, in accordance with this grant agreement and the decisions taken by the consortium. The coordinator shall ensure that all the appropriate payments are made to the other beneficiaries without unjustified delay;
b) keep the records and financial accounts making it possible to determine at any time what portion of the Community financial contribution has been paid to each beneficiary for the purposes of the project;
c) inform the Commission of the distribution of the Community financial contribution and the date of transfers to the beneficiaries, when required by this grant agreement or by the Commission;
d) review the reports to verify consistency with the project tasks before transmitting them to the Commission;
e) monitor the compliance by beneficiaries with their obligations under this grant agreement.
The coordinator may not subcontract the above-mentioned tasks.
The above tasks may not be split up between two or more partners. On the other hand, tasks related to coordination of the project that are NOT listed in the above Article (e.g. scientific coordination of the project) can be carried out by other beneficiaries, however this other beneficiary will NOT be considered as a project's coordinator (the coordinator is a beneficiary identified as such in the grant agreement who carry out referred to in the above-mentioned Article II.3 of the GA).
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