• DIGITALEUROPE publishes MCARD-2020 Version 2.0

    14 December 2017The European Commission is currently conducting their mid-term review of Horizon 2020. After two years of experience with the implementation of the Programme, we have taken this opportunity to update our Model Consortium Agreement for Research, Development and Innovation also known as MCARD-2020

    The European Commission is currently conducting their mid-term review of Horizon 2020. After two years of experience with the implementation of the Programme, we have taken this opportunity to update our Model Consortium Agreement for Research, Development and Innovation also known as MCARD-2020.

    DIGITALEUROPE and our members have been actively engaged in the definition and development of Horizon 2020 as well as previous Framework Programmes. Catering for the needs of industry is important to increase participation and make the Framework Programmes attractive for the most innovative digital companies. We will continue this work, including very practical contributions such as this, as we are moving towards the 9th Framework Programme for Research & Innovation.

    MCARD-2020 has been drafted by 12 legal experts from DIGITALEUROPE’s corporate members to encourage the participation of partners from academia, small businesses as well as established companies in H2020 projects. It built on the Integrated Project Consortium Agreement (IPCA) developed by DIGITALEUROPE for Horizon 2020’s predecessor, FP7. As with the IPCA, consortia in any scientific field, not just in the ICT domain, are free to adapt and use the MCARD-2020.

    Besides purely editorial improvements to the language and clarity of the text, we have worked to keep MCARD-2020 aligned with updates to the Model Grant Agreement, clarified the option to set up an External Expert Advisory Board and deleted options that have not been used in practice to streamline the text.

    With MCARD-2020, we trust, we provide a sound and suitable starting point for your consideration and negotiations under the guidance of your legal and professional advisors. We could not hope to cover all the circumstances that might arise in research collaborations between consortia members drawn from academia, industry and institutes. The optional text and blanks are highlighted in yellow for your assistance. 

    You find the new version on our website here.

    We incorporated feedback from our partners and users of the template for this update and would welcome any further feedback and suggestions for improving the text. For this purpose, do not hesitate to contact klaus-dieter.axt@digitaleurope.org.

     

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