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. A professional legal advisor experienced in such syndicated contracts will provide you with the following services: there is a clear motivation to start the contract as soon as possible. This may be the case during the preparation phase of the offer, during which operational relations between the partners are formed and tasks are assigned. It is a good practice to ensure that the project is well planned before submission, including all legal aspects. This practice can help avoid unwanted disputes between partners. The consortium agreement complements the grant agreement for Horizon 2020. Its result is a typical consortium agreement that anyone can use as the basis for a specific consortium agreement for a given project. The DESCA consortium agreement is available for free download. Note: The costs associated with the preparation of a consortium agreement are not reimbursable, as the consortium agreement should be signed before the grant agreement is signed. However, costs related to the updating of the consortium agreement shall be eligible if they are incurred during the duration of the action. 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. So what needs to be done to meet the needs of consortium members at an early stage, without having to devote the necessary resources and time before being clearer about funding? 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. A consortium agreement is a binding contract signed between the partners of a Horizon 2020 interconnection project. . .