Grant Agreement Consortium Agreement

9 avril 2021

The consortium agreement complements the Horizon 2020 award agreement. While the grant agreement defines the binding legal relationship between the European Commission and the project partners, the consortium agreement defines and regulates the relationships between the partners themselves. Unlike the subsidy agreement (which is defined and cannot be amended), 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 — once the Horizon 2020 project is funded, a consortium partner 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. If the consortium has decided not to sign its grant during the pre-grant phase, it can initiate the termination process through the IT tool for grant management. Look at the detailed screens and descriptions in the termination before signing the grant. The grant agreement is a contract between the consortium (all its partners) and the European Commission, while the consortium agreement is an internal agreement between the consortium partners – it regulates all matters that are not covered by the grant agreement, but which are important to the internal functioning of the consortium. B (e.g., work organization, structure, intellectual property management, accountability, conflict resolution, future exploitation and dissemination of results, etc.). Before launching your horizon Europe multi-partner project, two agreements must be prepared and signed: the Grant Agreement and the Consortium Agreement.

In this resource, we describe the differences and give some tips and tricks when preparing. Once the erA-LEARN Cofund proposal has been proposed for funding, the EC will open a meeting on the participants` portal to prepare the grant agreement. While this is not mandatory, we recommend referring to the CA structure and guidelines when developing a consortium agreement. As mentioned above, it is advisable to use experienced legal advisors in the preparation of this agreement.