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Seminar: The New DESCA Model for Horizon Europe – What you need to know about the Consortium Agreement

Consortium Agreements in Horizon Europe (HE) – seminar on the HE DESCA, a model for Consortium Agreements. Securing your project’s progress through a well-balanced agreement with your project partners. The seminar takes place Wednesday 30 November 2022, 10:00 AM-02:00 PM (CET).
  • Time and place
  • When November 30, 2022
  • Where Park Inn by Radisson Copenhagen Airport, Engvej 171, DK-2300 Copenhagen S., Denmark

10:00 AM -02:00 PM (CET) - registration from 09:30 AM (CET)


The DESCA (Development of a Simplified Consortium Agreement) has been the most used model Consortium Agreement in Horizon 2020 projects. The model has been updated for Horizon Europe projects taking the new requirements of the programme, the legal developments, and the previous experience of the community working with DESCA 2020 into account.

During the seminar, a speaker from the DESCA Group will present the main functionalities and novelties of the DESCA model for Horizon Europe, and practitioners will share their practical experiences with the DESCA model.

The focus will be on the following topics:

  • Intellectual Property Rights: Access Rights, Confidentiality, and Dissemination
  • Governance: Consortium Bodies, Meeting Procedures, and Decision-making
  • Settlement of disputes
  • Financial provisions
  • Associated Partners, who do not sign the Grant Agreement and do not receive funding from the European Union
  • Relevant considerations and options that could be introduced for lump sum actions.


09:30 - 10:00 Registration and coffee
10:00 - 10:25 Welcome and Why you need a Consortium Agreement , Marlis Erichsen and Barbara Spanó, Legal and Financial National Contact Point, Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science
10:25-11:10 Introducing the DESCA Model Grant Agreement for Horizon Europe , Experienced Legal/Finance NCP from The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
11:10-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:45 Practical Experiences Drafting and using a Consortium Agreement for Horizon Europe , Diana Nacea, Senior Legal Adviser and Frederik Mieth Fuglsang Olsson, Legal Consultant, Office of Research Services, University of Copenhagen and Juliette Forneris, Director, International Centre at Danish Technological Institute
12:45-13:00 Closing remarks
13:00-14:00 Lunch

Why you Should Participate

After participating in the event, you will have in-depth knowledge of the provisions of the DESCA model for the Consortium Agreement. You will be able to make informed choices between the options in the model, and you will know how to avoid some of the pitfalls of project management.

Target Group

The seminar is for you who work with Horizon Europe project development, with the legal or financial aspects in Horizon Europe projects, or if you are in the research support office of your organisation. Previous knowledge of the DESCA model is not required but we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the document before the event.

NB! The event is open to participants from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. However, the number of participants from each of these countries is restricted to five seats.


The event will be held in English


EuroCenter in the Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science


Barbara Spano
Tlf.: +45 72 31 95 15
Email: bsp@ufm.dk