Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) will be responsible for project coordination

CNRS has a long-standing and well-established track record of successfully managing projects across areas of research and development, with over 100 on-going projects within FP7, H2020, CIP, EUREKA and other EU R&D programs. The Coordinator will be the main point of contact for internal and external issues and will be responsible for the monitoring of the progress. In addition to providing scientific and technical leadership to the consortium, the coordinator will have responsibility for the administrative and financial management of the project as detailed in the Consortium Agreement and Grant Agreement. The Coordinator will present decisions by the Consortium to the Commission's Project Officer on issues requiring approval from the Commission.

The designated Project Coordinator is Prof. Pascal Tixador. He has participated in several EC projects, often as task leader (Eccoflow, EuCARD…). He coordinated two ANR (The French National Research Agency) projects, one about REBCO tapes for applications (MADISUP) and one about Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (Super-SMES). He was the secretary of ESAS, the European Society for Applied Superconductivity (2006-2012) and the chairman of the 12th European Conference on Applied Superconductivity (EUCAS), which took place in Lyon in September 2015, and gathered more than 1000 people, 50 % from outside Europe. He is the secretary of the commission “Cryogenics and Superconductivty” of the French cold association. This commission gathers the French academics and industry partners in the two fields with a role of scientific animation.

For day-to-day management, the Coordinator will benefit from the support of the part-time European project manager and the EU Office at CNRS Delegation Alpes. They will be responsible for both legal issues, including the Grant Agreement negotiations and drafting of the Consortium Agreement, and also financial issues. Activities of the financial staff will include receiving, distributing and keeping account of all funds & payments and collecting all required audit certificates. The respective participants will be responsible for their own financial administration obligations at local level, assisted by their own infrastructure and will report to the Coordinator at the required time points.

The Project management Team composed of CNRS and KIT will be responsible for specific management tasks, such as the organization of the annual meetings, the preparation of the templates, the follow-up of the deliverables and reporting.