New model consortium agreement for H2020 projects

DIGITALEUROPE members have published a new consortium agreement model for Horizon 2020 projects: MCARD-2020.

This new model is similar to the Integrated Project Consortium Agreement (IPCA) developed by DIGITALEUROPE for the Seventh Framework Programme.

According to DIGITALEUROPE “as with the IPCA, consortia in any scientific field, not just in the ICT domain, are free to adapt and use the MCARD-2020. The objective is to encourage the participation of partners from academia, small businesses as well as established companies in H2020 projects.”

For further details and to read MCARD-2020, please click here.

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Call for expression of interest for setting up of a list of coaches for coaching activities in connection with the SME Instrument

The Horizon 2020 SME Instrument is a novel funding tool supporting SMEs with the ambition and potential to engage in innovation-driven growth on the European and global markets. Successful beneficiaries of the call will be offered coaching and mentoring support during the first two phases of the SME instrument.

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (EASME) of the European Commission has released a call for expressions of interest to set up a list of external experts, called "business coach(es)"

The coaching support will focus on developing organisational capabilities to equip the beneficiaries with the necessary skills to ensure commercial growth based on the company’s SME Instrument project. Participation in the coaching support offered is voluntary for SME Instrument participants.  The role of the business coaches is therefore to provide business coaching and leadership development support to companies.

For more information and to submit expressions of interest, please click here.

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Open Access to scientific publications and research data in Horizon 2020: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Affordable and easy access to scientific information is very important for the scientific community itself, but also increasingly important for innovative small businesses. Improving access to scientific information is also about increasing openness and transparency, which are essential features of Responsible Research and Innovation and contributes to better policy-making.

All projects receiving Horizon 2020 funding will have the obligation to make sure any peer-reviewed journal article which they publish is openly accessible, free of charge.

This fact sheet is written as a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document, in order to answer queries received from Horizon 2020 applicants. This fact sheet should be read in parallel with the “Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Horizon 2020”.

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IP management in Horizon 2020: project implementation and conclusion

You have succeeded in the evaluation of your Horizon 2020 project proposal and finally signed the grant agreement, as well as the consortium agreement. It is now time to start implementing the project for which you will receive funding from the EU.

Hence, in terms of intellectual property, the implementation stage assumes particular importance as the exploitation and dissemination of project results is a key objective of Horizon 2020 projects. This final fact sheet of our Horizon 2020 series therefore highlights the steps you need to follow to pave the way for the exploitation and dissemination of the intellectual property generated during the implementation of your project.

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How to manage IP in Horizon 2020: grant preparation stage

We are pleased to inform you that the European IPR Helpdesk has prepared a new fact sheet to give guidance on the central Intellectual Property (IP) issues which consortia need to consider during the grant preparation stage, which are encompassed in two main agreements underpinning the contractual framework of EU-funded projects: the Grant agreement and the Consortium Agreement.

In terms of Intellectual Property Rights issues, the grant preparation stage is extremely important since the main commitments concerning IP are agreed upon in this phase between the consortium and the European Commission, and among consortium partners. In fact, before the final signature of the Grant Agreement, consortia have the opportunity to fine-tune the details outlined in Annex 1 of the project proposal.

This fact sheet is a follow-up to the previous one on “IP management in Horizon 2020: at the proposal stage”, whose reading is highly recommended beforehand.

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DESCA 2020 - Consortium Agreement model available now

DESCA, the most widespread model Consortium Agreement in the 7th Framework Programme, has been updated for Horizon 2020.

DESCA is a simple and comprehensive model, stripped of all unnecessary complexity in both content and language. The modular structure of DESCA, with various options and alternative modules and clauses, provides maximum flexibility.

Elucidation notes with concrete examples and detailed explanations about the various options and clauses are provided throughout the model. These notes will help research managers (who typically do not have legal training) and first-time FP participants to make informed choices about the best wording to protect their interests.

Initiated by key Horizon2020 stakeholder groups, and co-developed with the FP community, this initiative seeks to balance the interests of all participant categories: large and small firms, universities, public research institutes and RTOs, in the spirit of the Responsible Partnering Initiative. The DESCA Core Group is represented by ANRT, EUA, Eurochambres, EARTO, KoWi, LERU, VTT, ZENIT and coordinated by Fraunhofer and the Helmholtz Association.

For further information, please click here.

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European IPR Helpdesk templates on NDAs and MoUs updated

We are pleased to inform you that the European IPR Helpdesk has updated its Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)  that can now be used independently of the kind of negotiations that you enter into, both in the context of EU-funded projects and for international partnerships.

In addition to that, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Horizon 2020 has been created. Alongside the one already available for FP7, the new document reflects the few changes brought by the new Horizon 2020 rules.

All these templates can be found and freely downloaded in the European IPR Helpdesk online library, under useful documents.

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H2020 MoU - Memorandum of Understanding

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Horizon 2020 is an agreement that defines the framework of the negotiations among the partners of a consortium and that is generally concluded in the very beginning of the negotiations on the involvement in a project, even before submitting a proposal. It expresses a convergence of will between the parties, indicating an intended common line of action, helping to explain any protocols for communication, information exchange, reporting, confidentiality issues, and modifications and conditions for terminating the agreement.