A first step would therefore be to check whether, in your case, a consortium agreement is mandatory, depending on the nature of the project in which you will participate. This document complements the general information package for Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellows with information on the conditions of appointment and remuneration, in particular for those who receive an MSCA fellowship as part of an Innovative Training Network (ITN). The printed offers in italics come from the model ICT grant agreement. If there is a restriction that may affect the granting of such access rights, researchers must be informed as soon as possible. These standard contracts (employment contracts) are intended to assist in the establishment of individual contracts, in accordance with the directives of the European Commission / Research Executive Agency (REA). It is for the institution concerned to decide whether or not the standard texts can be used in whole or in part. Beneficiary/employer: Any participating organisation that signs the grant agreement with the REA is considered a “beneficiary”. Each beneficiary receives funds directly from the project budget and recruits and hosts researchers as part of the project. According to the grant agreement, beneficiaries must ensure that researchers have free access to the context and results in order to enable them to develop their work within the framework of the project. These access rights are only granted if they are necessary for the carrying out of their research within the framework of the project. In cooperation with representatives of the European Liaison Office of German Research Organisations (KoWi), the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Community, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the University of Duisburg-Essen, the University of Bonn (Euroconsult Research & Education) and the National Working Group of EU Advisers in German Universities and Universities (BAK), The German National Contact Point for Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions has developed model contracts for the employment of Marie-Skłodowska-Curie-Fellows in innovative Training Networks (ITN), European Fellowships (EF) and Global Fellowships (GF). In addition, a model partnership agreement for Global Fellowships has been prepared.
The signing of a consortium agreement is only mandatory for certain Marie Skłodowska Curie calls – if this is not the case, the work programme always explicitly stipulates this. For example, there are no consortium agreements for single-beneficiary projects. The original EU PDF version of the document, with additional nodes and references, is available here In terms of protection, Horizon 2020 is indeed a general obligation to protect the results of projects – see Article 42 of the Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation and Article 27 of the Model Grant Agreement. . In any ITN project, MSCA funding can help the researcher for up to 36 months. There is no exception to this rule, which means that in cases where the completion and submission of your doctoral thesis takes more than 36 months, you may need to seek additional financial aid. . . .