That said, there is one important point to consider: preparing a Horizon 2020 consortium agreement requires a significant investment of time, resources and legal resources. If the project is not funded by the European Commission, such an allocation of money and time will be mostly (and unfortunately) lost. A typical Horizon 2020 consortium agreement can take into account different aspects, including (but not limited to): this initiative, initiated by important Horizon2020 interest groups and developed in collaboration with the FP community, aims to balance the interests of all categories of participants: large and small companies, universities, public research institutes and NGOs in a spirit of responsive partnership initiative. The DESCA Core Group is represented by ANRT, EUA, Eurochambres, EARTO, KoWi, LERU, VTT, ZENIT and coordinated by Fraunhofer and the Helmholtz community. Although it is not mandatory, we recommend referring to the structure and guidelines of the DESCA when developing a consortium agreement. As I said above, it is advisable to use experienced legal assistance in the preparation of this agreement. The DESCA presentation should only be referenced as a means of structuring the agreement in general and taking into account important aspects to be taken into consideration. Desca, the most widespread model consortium agreement in the 7th Framework Programme, has been updated for Horizon 2020. The consortium agreement complements the grant agreement for Horizon 2020.

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.

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