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Q: Can a legal entity from a third country other than associated or ICPC countries be the coordinator of an FP7 project ("indirect action")? Can this legal entity make use of the research results?
A: In accordance with Article 11 of the Rules for participation, participation in indirect actions is open to legal entities established in third countries provided that the minimum conditions for participation, laid down in the corresponding Chapter and in particular in Article 5, are met, as well as any conditions laid down in the specific programmes or relevant work programmes.
Please note, however, that taking into account the nature and peculiarity of the tasks the coordinator is responsible for, described in the General conditions applicable to the Grant agreement, the Commission has to approve the choice in this respect (i.e. the partner chosen by the consortium to act as a coordinator has to be accepted by the Commission). These aspects are assessed by the Commission on a case-by-case basis, taking into account, for instance, the contractor's capacity to coordinate the project, the financial viability of the legal entity or other related elements. Aspects related to foreground/IP are clarified during negotiations based on an individual analysis of the project, in accordance with the applicable rules laid down in the Rules for Participation and in the General conditions of the Grant Agreement.
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