H2020 Consortium Agreement Desca
April 9, 2021 | Leave a comment
As in THE 7th PC, several institutions and groups have developed model consortium agreements for Horizon 2020, with sometimes different approaches. Most of these agreements are modular, allowing different options to be chosen for the specific needs of a project. The most common models are: the consortium agreement complements the Horizon 2020 grant agreement. While the grant agreement defines the binding legal relationship between the European Commission and the project partners, the consortium agreement defines and regulates the relationships between the partners themselves. Unlike the subsidy agreement (which is defined and cannot be amended), the Horizon 2020 consortium agreement is essentially a trade agreement between the partners. As such, it is flexible and can be adapted to the specific needs of the project and its partners. Remember — once the Horizon 2020 project is funded, a consortium partner will work together for a long time. That is why it is very important to have a binding agreement that takes into account the different expectations, requirements and circumstances that may arise. A consortium agreement is a binding contract signed between the partners of a Horizon 2020 cooperation project. The Horizon 2020 Agreement (Article 41.3) states that “recipients must make internal arrangements for their operation and coordination to ensure that the measures are properly implemented. These internal agreements must be established in a written “consortium agreement” between Horizon 2020 beneficiaries. What do you need to know about this agreement and the process of implementing an agreement? Keep reading to learn more.
A professional legal advisor experienced in such consortium contracts offers you the following services: Although this is not mandatory, we recommend that you refer to the structure and policies of the DESCA when developing a consortium contract. As mentioned above, it is advisable to use experienced legal advisors in the preparation of this agreement. The DESCA proposal should only be presented as a means of structuring the agreement in a general way and taking into account the important aspects that need to be taken into account. Three Joint Technology Initiatives (ITCs) – Clean Sky 2, ECSEL and the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) 2 – offer their own model consortium agreement for projects funded on their websites. These models are particularly attributable to the partially divergent provisions of the ITCs. B, particularly with regard to intellectual property rights under IMI 2. Note: The costs of developing a consortium agreement are non-refundable, as the consortium agreement must be signed before the grant agreement is signed. However, the costs associated with updating the consortium agreement are eligible if they are incurred during the duration of the action. So what needs to be done to best meet the needs of the consortium members at an early stage, without spending the resources and time before there is more clarity in funding? In order to optimize the use of available time and resources, there is a good opportunity to develop this agreement, after the EC has indicated that the project will be chosen for funding and before the EC requests the signing of the grant agreement.