Desca (Development of a Simplified Consortium Agreement) is the most popular of several Horizon 2020 consortium agreements. This is the result of a cooperation project supported by the EC. Its production is a consortium agreement of models that everyone can use as the basis of a specific consortium agreement for a given project. The DesCA model consortium agreement is available for free download. 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. Finally, I would like to say that the development of the consortium agreement is a very important process that should not be overlooked. Although full preparation is not mandatory during the development phase of your project proposals, there are important steps to consider at this stage. If you are proud to own a funded project and need more information, please contact us. Continued regulation of IP-related issues is not mandatory, but is highly recommended for consortium partners.
The following IP issues may be considered in the consortium agreement: 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 principle, the agreement may contain all the agreements that the partners wish to conclude, provided they do not contra in the subsidy agreement and the Horizon 2020 participation rules. In accordance with Article 41.3 of the model grant agreement, a consortium agreement must be signed between the beneficiaries, unless the work programme specifies that this is not necessary. In other words, if the beneficiaries are not otherwise indicated, they must have an internal operating and coordination mechanism to ensure that the action is properly implemented (consortium agreement). 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. 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.