The DESCA model is widespread among universities and research institutes. The DESCA initiative was launched by key players in the Horizon 2020 programme and was developed in collaboration with the IPC community and aims to reconcile the interests of all groups of participants: large and small businesses, universities, public research institutes and NGOs. Desca is a simple and comprehensive consortium agreement that frees up unnecessary complexity in content and language. DESCA`s modular structure, with different options and alternative modules and clauses, offers maximum flexibility. The signing of a consortium agreement between the partners of a research project is mandatory for almost all Horizon 2020 projects. The European Commission proposes general guidelines for the development of consortium agreements, but it is not rightly in favour of a specific type consortium agreement. The DESCA initiative, launched by key STAKEHOLDERs of THE 7th PC and updated in consultation with the PROGRAMME-CADRE community for Horizon 2020, aims to reconcile the interests of all categories of participants: large and small businesses, universities, public research institutes and PDP in the sense of the initiative for responsible partnership. Model consortium agreements for MSCA-ITN are also available for the first time in the Horizon 2020 programme. These projects were developed by the National Working Group (Bundesarbeitskreis) of EU Advisers in German Universities and Higher Education Institutions (BAK) and by the League of European Research Universities (LERU). Both models are based on LESCA. Three Joint Technology Initiatives (ITCs) – Clean Sky 2, ECSEL and the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) 2 – offer their own model consortium agreement for projects funded on their websites. These models are due in particular to the partially divergent provisions of the ITC, for example.
B regarding intellectual property rights in IMI 2. DESCA is a simple and comprehensive model of consortium agreement that frees up unnecessary complexity in content and language. DESCA`s modular structure, with different options and alternative modules and clauses, offers maximum flexibility. We have ensured that these variants are consistent with the basic text. Explanatory notes containing concrete examples and detailed explanations of the various options and clauses are included in the model as a whole. These guidance will help non-legal research directors and Horizon 2020 participants first make informed decisions about the best wording to protect their interests. The MODEL LERU, developed by LERU Legal Expert Group, is based on the DESCA (Development of a Simplified Consortium Agreement), a comprehensive model consortium agreement that provides a reliable framework for project consortia. Based on the DESCA model, the specific requirements for MSCA`s ETN projects were incorporated into this model by LERU Legal Expert Group. As in THE 7th PC, several institutions and groups have developed model consortium agreements for Horizon 2020, with sometimes different approaches. Most of these agreements are modular, allowing different options to be chosen for the specific needs of a project.