Proposal & Project

Model Consortium Agreements

As it was the case in FP7 several institutions and groupings have drafted Model Consortium Agreements also for Horizon 2020, with partly differing approaches. Most of these agreements are structured in a modular way, so that different options can be chosen for the specific requirements of a project. The most common are the following models:

Among universities and research institutions the DESCA Model is widely used. Initiated by key Horizon 2020 stakeholder groups, and co-developed with the FP community, the DESCA initiative seeks to balance the interests of all participant categories: large and small firms, universities, public research institutes and RTOs. DESCA is a simple and comprehensive model Consortium Agreement, stripped of all unnecessary complexity in both content and language. The modular structure of DESCA, with various options and alternative modules and clauses, provides maximum flexibility.

In Horizon 2020 for the first time model consortium agreements are also available for MSCA-ITN. These have been developed by the National Working Group (Bundesarbeitskreis) of EU Funding Advisors at German Universities and Colleges (BAK) and the League of European Research Universities (LERU) respectively. Both models are based on DESCA.

Three Joint Technology Initiatives (JTI) - Clean Sky 2, ECSEL and the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) 2 - provide their own model consortium agreement for funded projects on their websites. These models account particularly for the partly deviating rules in JTIs, e.g. in relation to Intellectual Property Rights in IMI 2.