The term “legal entity” is deemed to include both legal persons and natural persons (e.g. sole proprietors).
Additional beneficiaries beyond the minimum conditions mentioned above are not subject to the obligatory criteria of independence from each other and domicile in different EU Member States/associated countries.
Specific conditions for participation apply to specific project types such as e.g. ERC projects, MSCA projects, EIC projects, Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) or co-financing actions.
Legal entities may participate as third parties (i.e. subcontractors, contractors, affiliated entities, associated partners, in-kind contributors, financial support to third parties) regardless of their domicile as long as the Rules for Participation, those of the work programme and the call conditions are complied with.
The work programme and/or the relevant call document may specify additional or deviating conditions for individual calls (e.g. concerning the number of participants, type of participants and domicile).
More detailed information about participation and eligibility of partners from third countries can be found at Horizon Europe: Ausweitung der Beteiligung und Verbreitung von Exzellenz (only in German).
Please note that the minimum conditions for participation must continue to be fulfilled when partners drop out of the project during the project lifetime!
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