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Glossary

Consortium / Consortium Agreement

  • Posted on: 12.03.2012
  • Abbreviation: Consortium / Consortium Agreement

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A consortium is - in general - a group of institutions or companies acting together in the same project under common interest. In H2020 it refers to all the participants/beneficiaries in the same project. Most funding schemes require proposals from a number of participants (usually at least three) who agree to work together in a consortium. The list of organisations in the Danube-INCO.NET consortium can be fund here: http://danube-inco.net/about/partners

Consortium agreement

The signature of a Consortium Agreement between the partners of a research project is mandatory for almost every H2020 project. But partners in a project often draw up an agreement to govern

  • - the internal organisation of the consortium;
  • - the distribution of the Community financial contribution;
  • - additional rules on dissemination and use including intellectual property rights arrangements, as appropriate;
  • - the settlement of internal disputes.
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The European Commission publishes a checklist for consortium agreements (Checklist for the Consortium Agreement) and it is also possible to use DESCA (Development of a Simplified Consortium Agreement), a comprehensive Model Consortium Agreement which offers a reliable frame of reference for project consortia. DESCA is a simple and comprehensive model Consortium Agreement, stripped of all unnecessary complexity in both content and language. (see http://www.desca-2020.eu/)