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The Future Internet PPP Common NDA

This NDA is intended to procure for protection of Parties involved in preparing proposals for the Future Internet calls of the 7th framework programme while facilitating interaction between proposals, where such is desired.  It is envisaged that to achieve a coherent set of proposals it will be necessary for proposals to be in communication with each other and to discuss their mutual responsibilities for participating in the programme level activities.


Please note that signing this NDA does not grant any access to any proposals. Only proposal coordinators and participants may decide who is in their proposals and the proposal coordinators are requested to inform the administration when they invite new participants to their proposals who are to be bound to the NDA.


The proposal coordinators must also inform the administration if and when they have agreed to interact with another proposal. The administration will not assist with the finding of other proposals.

  • The Future Internet PPP Common NDA may be downloaded here: undefinedPDF
  • A word version of Annex C for subscribing to the agreement may be downloaded here:  undefinedWord
  • The list of parties who have accepted the Future Internet PPP Common NDA is posted on the undefinedEuropean Future Internet Initiative website

For any questions regarding the Future Internet PPP Common NDA please contact the undefinedNDA administration team

Frequently Asked Questions - Future Internet PPP Common NDA:

  1. undefinedWhy should my company sign and use the Future Internet PPP Common NDA?
  2. undefinedDoes my company have to sign and use the Future Internet PPP Common NDA in order to participate in calls regarding the Future Internet FP 7 Projects?
  3. undefinedHow does my company become a Party of the Future Internet PPP Common NDA?
  4. undefinedWhat is the immediate effect of becoming a Party to the Future Internet PPP Common NDA?
  5. undefinedDo I have to be concerned if my direct competitor is also a Party to the Future Internet PPP Common NDA? Do I have to be concerned if a competing project proposal is registered under the Future Internet PPP Common NDA?
  6. undefinedHow do I get protection under the Future Internet PPP Common NDA for my project proposal?
  7. undefinedHow do I know that all participants of my project proposal have signed the Future Internet PPP Common NDA?
  8. undefinedOnce my project proposal is registered, who may I share information with?
  9. undefinedDo I have to sign the Accession Form each time my company wishes to participate in the preparation of a new project proposal?
  10. undefinedHow do I effectuate the exchange of information between the participants of my proposal with the participants of another proposal?
  11. undefinedWhat is the role of EURESCOM?
  12. undefinedCan I request information on ongoing project proposals from Eurescom?
  13. undefinedI am working for a multinational company – is it sufficient if my headquarter company signs up to the NDA?
  14. undefinedHow long for does the confidentiality obligation under the Future Internet PPP Common NDA last?

1. Why should my company sign and use the Future Internet PPP Common NDA?

A: The Future Internet PPP Common NDA is a “state of the art” non disclosure agreement which protects on the one hand the exchange of information in the course of proposal preparations, on the other hand it provides for the scenario that a need for exchange of confidential information with another project proposal arises. Due to the harmonization of the contractual terms and an administrative mechanism stipulated in the Future Internet PPP Common NDA, such exchange across project proposals can be facilitated quickly and without much effort.

2. Does my company have to sign and use the Future Internet PPP Common NDA in order to participate in calls regarding the Future Internet FP 7 Projects?

A: No, it is up to the partners working on a project proposal, whether they choose to use this Future Internet PPP Common NDA or not. There is no legal or factual obligation to use it, but it is recommended due to expected interdependencies between some of the proposals and projects.

3. How does my company become a Party of the Future Internet PPP Common NDA?

A: By filling out the Accession Form attached as Annex C and sending two signed copies to:

Eurescom GmbH
Ref.: Future Internet
PPP Common NDA
Wieblinger Weg 19/4
69123 Heidelberg
Germany.

Eurescom will confirm the receipt and add your company to the list of Parties to the Future Internet PPP Common NDA.

4. What is the immediate effect of becoming a Party to the Future Internet PPP Common NDA?

A: None. The Future Internet PPP Common NDA is drafted as an abstract set of regulations. They only become effective in case a Party is listed in Annex B in the context of a project proposal.  

5. Do I have to be concerned if my direct competitor is also a Party to the Future Internet PPP Common NDA? Do I have to be concerned if a competing project proposal is registered under the Future Internet PPP Common NDA?

A: No. The Future Internet PPP Common NDA is drafted as an abstract set of regulations, which have no effect unless they are tied to a specific project proposal. Any sharing of confidential information is only permitted (i) amongst the Parties working together on a project proposal, and (ii) only on a “need to know” basis for this specific project proposal. Forwarding confidential information to another Party of the Future Internet PPP Common NDA which is not listed as participant of the same project proposal is a breach of the Future Internet PPP Common NDA, as is forwarding confidential information to any other third party. Last, no Party is obliged to share any information, it is up to each Party to decide which information it wishes to disclose.

6. How do I get protection under the Future Internet PPP Common NDA for my project proposal?

A: If the partners intending to work on a project proposal choose to make use of the frame provided by the Future Internet PPP Common NDA, the proposed project coordinator is requested to have the project registered in Annex B. To this effect, the proposed coordinator must send certain information to Eurescom GmbH (such as name and topic of the project proposal, name of the Parties participating in the project proposal, ect.). Upon receipt of all necessary information, the project proposal is deemed registered and the exchange of confidential information protected (unless a retroactive date has been registered).

7. How do I know that all participants of my project proposal have signed the Future Internet PPP Common NDA?

A: Eurescom will inform all Parties regularly about new Parties who have accepted the Future Internet PPP Common NDA (this information will be posted on the undefinedEuropean Future Internet Initiative website. Additionally, requests regarding recent acceptances of the terms and conditions of the Future Internet PPP Common NDA which have not been communicated yet can be addressed to Eurescom.

8. Once my project proposal is registered, who may I share information with?

A: The sharing of information is only permitted amongst those other Parties, and on a need to know basis only, which are involved in the preparation of the same individual project as listed in Annex B. Additionally, sharing of information with defined consultants and affiliated companies is permitted.

Where Parties to one project proposal have agreed to interwork with Parties to another project proposal and registered accordingly (see Question 10), sharing of information as needed for the interdependency of the project proposals is permitted.

9. Do I have to sign the Accession Form each time my company wishes to participate in the preparation of a new project proposal?

A: No. The Future Internet PPP Common NDA is drafted as an abstract set of regulations, which only have to be acknowledged once. Thereafter, it is sufficient to register a new project proposal as described in Question 6.

10. How do I effectuate the exchange of information between the participants of my proposal with the participants of another proposal?

A: If the Parties to one project proposal intend to cooperate with the Parties to another project proposal, the two project coordinators are requested to bring this aspect to Eurescom’s attention in the initial registration, or amend their respective registration in Annex B. For such a decision, unanimity is required within the proposal group. Upon receipt of corresponding requests, the interdependency is deemed registered and the exchange of confidential information across those project proposals is protected and permitted under “need to know”.

11. What is the role of EURESCOM?

A: The role of Eurescom is of a purely administrative nature. Eurescom receives, administers, and shares certain information as further described in the Future Internet PPP Common NDA. Eurescom is NOT responsible for the verification of authority or the correctness of any data received from a proposed coordinator. Each potential consortium working on a project proposal is fully responsible for aligning all matters internally, taking the corresponding decisions, giving appropriate authority to the proposed coordinator and surveying his/her activities.

12. Can I request information on ongoing project proposals from Eurescom?

A: No. Contrary to the list of Parties to the Future Internet PPP Common NDA, which is communicated openly, information on ongoing listed project proposals is confidential information of the project proposals and will not be provided. Eurescom will also not have access to confidential information of the projects other than their mere existence (except for those projects Eurescom is a Party to of course).

13. I am working for a multinational company – is it sufficient if my headquarter company signs up to the NDA?

A: No. As the regulations applicable to FP 7 projects require the commitment of the entities which are effectively doing the development work (whether they are headquarters or subsidiary), the signature of each entity intending to participate in the project is required.

14. Can my company request any changes to the Future Internet PPP Common NDA?

A: The text has been agreed amongst the initial Parties and any change would therefore require the consent of all Parties. Consequently it is very difficult to make changes at this stage and change requests are not supported.

15. How long for does the confidentiality obligation under the Future Internet PPP Common NDA last?

A: The agreement expires automatically on 31 May 2015. The obligations under the Future Internet PPP Common NDA and any project proposal registered thereunder continue for 4 additional years, i.e. until 31 May 2019. This applies irrespective of whether a Party chooses to withdraw early from the Future Internet PPP Common NDA or to remain a Party until automatic expiration.