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.

IP Management in Horizon 2020: Proposal Stage

Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s (EU) new framework programme for research and innovation for the period 2014-2020. As the successor to the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), Horizon 2020 implements the Innovation Union and therefore is one of the driving forces to create growth and jobs in the EU. With the clear goal of simplifying the access to EU funding, Horizon 2020 merges all research and innovation funding previously provided through FP7, plus the innovation-related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Hence in Horizon 2020 participants work with a single programme with a single set of rules including those related to intellectual property.

With Horizon 2020, the Union aims at strengthening the European scientific and technological base and fostering benefits for society as well as better exploitation of the economic and industrial potential of policies of innovation, research and technological development. In fact, it is essential that the public resources and efforts used in research are converted into socio-economic benefits to the EU. For this reason Horizon 2020 establishes commitments from the participants in terms of dissemination and exploitation of the projects’ results, including their protection through intellectual property.

This fact sheet therefore intends to assist applicants in Horizon 2020 with the management of intellectual property in the proposal stage of their project. Even though Horizon 2020 research and innovation activities are implemented through different forms of funding, particularly grants, prizes, procurement and financial instruments, this fact sheet deals solely with grants. This fact sheet is the first of a series of three fact sheets dealing with the management of intellectual property in the different stages of a Horizon 2020 project.

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Horizon 2020 national launch events and thematic events

This is a handy, one-page overview of all the national launch events and thematic events related to Horizon 2020, from 1 January - 17 March 2014, in various locations in Europe. The "summary of events" page will be updated as more information becomes available.

The table includes past events as well as those that have not yet taken place.

For further information, please click here.

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