1. You will only have 3 months to sign the Grant Agreement when your project is selected. Most of Japanese organizations, especially national and public organizations, will take time to assign a person responsible to become LEAR or to obtain signature of legal representative. We strongly recommend that each organization should finish preparation of validation documents and LEAR appointment documents while the submission is under evaluation.
2. You should always review the consortium agreement before you sign. The model consortium agreement is based on agreements without 3rd countries. You can negotiate the content of this consortium agreement with the coordinator and the other partners. Please note that some coordinators are not used to having a 3rd country as a partner (while many do have experience) and it is important to consult with the available services such as NCP Japan in order to proceed.