Background Consortium Agreement

Posted by on December 4, 2020

Model consortium agreements for MSCA-ITN are also available for the first time in the Horizon 2020 programme. 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. Continued regulation of IP-related issues is not mandatory, but is highly recommended for consortium partners. The following IP-related issues can be taken into account in the consortium agreement: 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: (ii) background selection – a list of contexts to be included in the project (and/or exclusion of assets that are not included in the project); Three Joint Technology Initiatives (ITCs) – Clean Sky 2, ECSEL and the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) 2 – offer their own model consortium agreement for projects funded on their websites. These models are particularly attributable to the partially divergent provisions of the ITCs, for example. B regarding the intellectual property rights of IMI 2. It should be noted that there is no binding model of consortium agreement. The European Commission has provided only a checklist containing non-binding guidelines on issues that participants can consider when drawing up their consortium agreements. For more information on DESCAMore information on version 1.2 of DESCA 2020 Among universities and research institutes, the DESCA model is widely used.

The DESCA initiative was launched by key players in the Horizon 2020 programme and was developed in collaboration with the IPC community and aims to reconcile the interests of all groups of participants: large and small businesses, universities, public research institutes and NGOs. Desca is a simple and comprehensive consortium agreement that frees up unnecessary complexity in content and language. DESCA`s modular structure, with different options and alternative modules and clauses, offers maximum flexibility. (i) confidentiality – mechanisms for identifying information as confidential, use of confidential information, penalties for breaches of confidentiality rules, etc.; Desca was originally created by ANRT, the German CA team, represented by Helmholtz and KoWi, Fraunhofer, EARTO, Eurochambres, atv and UNITE.

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