In order to make the most of time and resources, the preparation of this agreement is therefore, just after the publication of the publication by the Commission, that the project has been selected for funding and before the Commission requests the signature of the grant agreement. This period is approximately three months, which is sufficient for the preparation and conclusion of the consortium agreement. Unlike the grant agreement (which is firm and cannot be changed), 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 that as soon as horizon 2020 is funded, the unionized partners 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. 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. 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. Since the consortium agreement is indeed a commercial agreement, we strongly recommend the services of legal counsel with expertise in the development of such agreements. There is a clear motivation to start working out the agreement as quickly as possible. This may be the case during the preparation phase of the offer, during which operational relations between the partners are formed and tasks are assigned.

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