Consortium Agreement Models

MCARD is the model consortium agreement developed by DIGITALEUROPE, whose members are IT, telecommunications and consumer electronics companies, as well as national associations from all regions of Europe. Having said that, there is an important point to keep in mind: the preparation of an agreement on the Horizon 2020 consortium requires a significant investment of time, resources and resources for legal assistance. If the project is not chosen by the European Commission for funding, such an allocation of money and time will essentially (and unfortunately) be wasted. A professional legal advisor, experienced in such consortium agreements, offers you the following services: 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 the funding is no longer clear? While this is not mandatory, we recommend referring to the CA structure and guidelines when developing a consortium agreement. 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. 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: For the first time, model-based consortium agreements are also available for MSCA-ITN as part of Horizon 2020.

These projects were developed by the National Working Group (Bundesarbeitskreis) of EU Advisers in German Universities and Higher Education Institutions (BAK) and by the League of European Research Universities (LERU). Both models are based on LESCA. There is a clear motivation to start drawing up the agreement as soon as possible. This may be the case during the preparatory phase of the proposal, when operational relations between partners are in place and tasks are assigned. It is a good practice to ensure that the project is well planned, including all legal aspects, before it is presented. This practice can help avoid unwanted conflicts between partners in the future. Type consortium agreements are not approved by the Commission; these are model agreements developed by different organisations as models and can be used as checklists, starting points or framework conditions for the development of a consortium agreement that meets the specific criteria, needs and requirements of the partners and projects involved. These are not unitary agreements. The consortium agreement complements the Horizon 2020 award agreement.

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