If you compare the Community grant agreement – which protects the interests of the European Union and the money of European citizens – with the presentation of the DESCA consortium agreement, there will be topics covering both documents. The consortium agreement should protect the project and the interests of the partners. Let us say at the outset that the DESCA model is an extremely useful tool for anyone involved in a Horizon 2020 project. There is no doubt about that. DESCA or any other CA model will definitely help you manage your project – if you are conducting a risk assessment analysis and if part of the advance is to be retained; when certain processes are required to manage delays or troubled partners; whether the coordination team obtains additional authority; where issues relating to safeguards need to be clearly specified; where notification rules should include internal measures, etc. I think the members of the DESCA team would also agree that no model for consortium agreements is perfect unless it is adapted on a case-by-case basis. It serves as a starting point and allows you to have all the essential requirements for a standard research and innovation project. We also believe that the signing of the standard model will only serve to fulfil the basic condition of a certification body to complete the CAP (Grant Agreement Preparation) process. It will only effectively support the implementation of the project if the standard text is adapted to the needs of the project and the individual needs of the consortium.
Our one-day ca-issues training course has also helped several researchers and legal advisors reframe their CAs to their research and innovation projects. Come and see us! If you`d like to learn more about these topics, we have a one-hour webinar where we`ll share some interesting stories from our H2020 projects. This table shows some of the fundamental points to consider:. . .