What is a consortium agreement?

European Commission funding programmes including more than one beneficiary must provide for the proper regulation of relationships among the participants in order to ensure the correct and efficient implementation of the their commitments vis-à-vis the Commission (established in the “Grant Agreement” - GA).

The “Consortium Agreement” (CA) (under art. 24 of regulation (EC) no. 1906/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 18 December 2006) regulates the relationships among the participants in the project.
The Consortium agreement governs, in particular:

  • the internal organization of the consortium; 
  • the distribution of the Commission financial contribution; 
  • common rules on the distribution of the financial contribution; 
  • common rules on the dissemination or research results and intellectual property;
  • the settlement of internal disputes;
  • liability, indemnification and confidentiality arrangements between the participants.

Intellectual property rights in the Consortium Agreement

The Consortium agreement translates the reciprocal commitments of the participants in legal terms as regards the use of research results. 

The purpose of the document  “Analisi ragionata della sezione dedicata alle regole di proprietà intellettuale del Consortium Agreement” is to present and explain the sections of the Consortium Agreement on the rules concerning intellectual property rights in respect of both foreground and background.

This document can be very useful to the University teaching staff, researchers and research fellows in the early stages of research projects funded by the European Commission.

Documents concerning the structure and content of the Consortium Agreement are available in the download box.