09 Dec 2020 Grant Agreement Template Horizon 2020
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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. 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. This period is approximately three months, which is sufficient to prepare and conclude the consortium agreement. 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. 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. You will receive email notifications about all the actions you need to take in preparing the grant. For more details, please see a list of all financial communications and their recipients. Since the consortium agreement is in fact a commercial agreement, we recommend the services of a legal advisor competent to develop such agreements. 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. Nevertheless, there is an important point to bear 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. This process summarizes the main steps to take to conclude the signing of your grant agreement: if the consortium has decided not to sign its grant during the grant preparation phase, it can initiate the termination process through the IT grant management tool.

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