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1. What agreements need to be normally in place to govern the terms and conditions of an awarded project?
2. What is a Grant Agreement?
3. What is a Consortium Agreement?
4. What is an IP Agreement?
5. What is an Ad Hoc Contract?





1.  What agreements need to be normally in place to govern the terms and conditions of an awarded project?

These are: Grant Agreement signed between the Awarding Body (e.g. the EC) and the Project Coordinator and a Consortium Agreement signed between the Coordinator and Project partners.  Further information regarding these agreements are detailed in FAQs 2 & 3.  Legal assistance may be sought from the UoM Legal office.  Where Knowledge Transfer aspects are involved, especially in the case of local R&I Projects, an IP agreement is drawn up within the Consortium.  In other cases, IP clauses are included in the Consortium Agreement.  Further information may be found in FAQ 4.  These are signed by the Rector after the terms of the Ad Hoc contract have been agreed upon by the resident academic/s involved.  Further information may be found in FAQ 5.


2.  What is a Grant Agreement?

This governs the conditions regarding the Project Award and Financing as well as Reporting, normally divided between General and Specific Conditions normally included as Annexes.  The Description of Works is also an important Annex detailing the agreed work to be carried out divided by Work Packages and Deliverables.  It is signed between the Awarding Body (e.g. the EC) and the Project Coordinator.  Different agreements are available under different Funding programmes and these agreements are also referred to as "Subsidy contracts" in Cross-Border Cooperation programmes.  Model Grant Agreements are available for the major funding programmes as follows:

Horizon2020
Erasmus+

3. What is a Consortium Agreement?

This is an agreement signed between the Coordinator and Project partners.  The Consortium authorises the Coordinator to deal with the Awarding Body on its behalf.  It also identifies and regulates the Management Structure of the Consortium and deals with issues such as Financials, Intellectual Property and Confidentiality.  Such agreements are also referred to as "Partner Agreements" in Cross-Border Cooperation Programmes.  The most popular form of a Consortium Agreement is based upon the DESCA model used for FP7 projects and can be found here.



4. What is an IP Agreement?

This Agreement is most of the time incorporated in the Consortium Agreement, however in the case of the National R&I Programme managed by MCST this Agreement is prepared separately.  It governs the ownership of Intellectual Property generated from the project and the allocation of future revenue.  For Further information about IP please refer to the Knowledge Transfer Office.



5. What is an Ad Hoc Contract?

The Ad Hoc Contract is an internal agreement signed between the resident academic involved in an externally funded project and the Rector.  It includes clauses regarding confidentiality, accountability, remuneration, duration of project, number of hours of work, as well as information on the co-financing requirement (where applicable).  The procedures in connection with the provision of Ad Hoc Contracts are available here.

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Last Updated: 20 September 2016

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