The MAC will provide administrative, legal and fiscal support to all components of the Consortium. The central Administration of the Consortium will be managed, under the supervision of the Consortium Coordinator, byScience Park Raf
(SPR), which is the management service company created to support the San Raffaele Biomedical Science Park development objectives and has traditionally operated in close connection with the Scientific Management of the San Raffaele Scientific Research Institute, the host Institute of the Consortium Coordinator. SPR will be an official participant in the Consortium and its Managing Director will be a permanent member of the Consortium Steering Committee. SPR comprises professionals operating on issues related to industry-research relationships, patenting, IPR protection and meeting organization. They have the skills and expertise required to manage the administrative issues related to such a large, multi-center Consortium. Throughout the duration of the Consortium, SPR will hire two to three units of personnel who will be entirely devoted to fulfilling the administrative duties of the Consortium. Funds provided by the EU to support the Consortium initiatives will be credited to the SPR accounting premises and therefrom allocated to the various Initiatives of the Consortium. The Consortium Coordinator, with mandate from the Steering Committee, will discuss and plan budgetary issues with SPR’s Managing Director. A yearly budget will be detailed for the entire Consortium and will contain cost estimates on a three-monthly basis. Such budget will be a major strategic platform for the Consortium and it will be subject to critical evaluation and potential amendments during the meetings of the Steering Committee. An indicative breakdown of the financial resources of the Consortium, based on the estimated amount of the grant for integration requested to the Community, is indicated below (expressed in k€). Such allocation will be rediscussed entirely based on the community support and on the forthcoming Steering Committee’s strategic meetings.