Working group 1 (Administration) will cover issues relating to the overall management of externally funded research projects. Through meetings, training schools, and workplace exchange, the following key issues will be addressed: Project establishing (tools, methods and procedures); cross-cultural barriers; overall reporting, timesheets and closing of projects; audit.
Working group 2 (Finance) will cover issues relating to the financial aspects of preparing and running cross-European projects. Through meetings and summer schools, the following key issues will be addressed: accounting practices, VAT, overhead, exchange rates, audit.
Working group 3 (Legal) will cover issues relating to the legal framework of the projects. Through meetings, training events and workshops, the following issues will be covered: A new framework programme standard contract and consortium agreement, IPR, and IPR in working with third parties, patenting and technology transfer, international legal frameworks.