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Q: Could a US researcher be the coordinator of a project?
A: In principle – yes a US researcher can be the coordinator of a project. In reality however, given that they generally do not receive any EU funding – it would make little sense for them to take on all the work associated with coordinating a project – with no financial support. Bear in mind that: the coordinator MUST sign the Grant Agreement (even if they do not receive funding themselves). They cannot be the coordinator as a third party or as a sub-contractor. Also, the Commission sends all funds for the project to the coordinator who then distributes the money amongst the other participants. It is unlikely that any non-funded partner (or their institution) would agree to such a task.
For further information please see :  Horizon 2020 annotated grant agreement  (PDF: 3.1 MB)
Category : Horizon 2020 ( International Cooperation ) , International Cooperation