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. 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. I think the members of the DESCA team would also agree that no model for a consortium agreement is perfect unless they are cropped on a case-by-case basis. It serves as a starting point and allows you to have all the basic requirements for a standard research and innovation project. The consortium agreement complements the Horizon 2020 award 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.