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In order to support the preparation of your specific consortium agreement, ERA-LEARN provides a template for the ERA-NET Cofund consortium agreement. The model is based on DESCA. DESCA 2020 is a global consortium agreement for Horizon 2020. Initiated by major FP7 interest groups and updated in consultation with the FP community for Horizon 2020, it provides a reliable framework for project consortia. www.desca-2020.eu/ The consortium agreement complements the Horizon 2020 grant agreement. While the grant agreement establishes the binding legal relationship between the European Commission and the project partners, the consortium agreement establishes and regulates the relationship between the partners themselves. Unlike the grant agreement (which is firm and cannot be changed), 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 that as soon as horizon 2020 is funded, the unionized partners 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.

Since the consortium agreement is indeed a commercial agreement, we strongly recommend the services of legal counsel with expertise in the development of such agreements. Once the ERA-LEARN Cofund proposal has been proposed for funding, the European Commission will open a meeting on the participant portal to prepare the grant agreement. Desca (Development of a Simplified Consortium Agreement) is the most popular of several Horizon 2020 model consortium agreements.

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