OLD EN: Grant Agreement in Horizon 2020

The Grant Agreement (GA) is the funding agreement concluded between the EU Commission/funding agency and the project participants and specifies the rights and obligations of the contracting parties. It contains important provisions for the implementation of the project such as criteria for the eligibility of costs and provisions for handling intellectual property rights.

Horizon 2020 provides a General Model Grant Agreement (General MGA) for Research and Innovation Actions (RIA), Innovation Actions (IA) and Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) as well as specific Model Grant Agreements for particular project types such as ERC, MSCA and the SME Instrument. Differences from the General Grant Agreement are indicated at the beginning of the relevant model agreement.

The majority of the provisions of the Grant Agreement cannot be altered. Individual details may however be individually agreed with the EU Commission/funding agency during the grant preparation phase, such as the start of the project and the amount of pre-financing.

The Model Grant Agreement also includes different options and special provisions that do not apply to all projects. The options applicable to the relevant project are printed in italics in the Grant Agreement.

The Grant Agreement also contains default rules which may be modified by the consortium in the Consortium Agreement. The project partners may in particular modify the provisions applicable to intellectual property.

 
Structure and key points of the General Grant Agreement

  • Preamble – Participants
  • Chapter 1 – General
  • Chapter 2 – Action (name, acronym, start and duration of project etc.)
  • Chapter 3 – Grant (max. amount and calculation of grant, funding rate(s), eligible costs)
  • Chapter 4 – Rights and obligations of the parties (e.g. third party costs, documentation obligations, reporting and payments, checks/reviews/audits and management of intellectual property)
  • Chapter 5 – Division of roles and responsibilities (within the consortium)
  • Chapter 6 – Rejection of costs, reduction of the grant etc.
  • Chapter 7 – Final provisions
 
The Grant Agreement includes the following Annexes:
  • Annex 1 – Description of the action (DoA)
  • Annex 2 – Estimated budget for the action
  • Annex 3 – Accession Forms
  • Annex 4 – Model for the financial statements
  • Annex 5 – Model for the certificate on the financial statements (CFS)
  • Annex 6 – Model for the certificate on the methodology
 
Information about amendments is summarised on a separate page.
 
The Annotated Grant Agreement (AGA) provides explanations and examples of all provisions of the Grant Agreement and also has the same structure. Please note that important detailed information, in particular about eligible costs, can often only be found in these annotations and is not included in the text of the Grant Agreement.
 
 

JTIs and Article 185 Initiatives

Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs): IMI, Clean Sky 2, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 (FCH), Bio-Based Industries (BBI), EPoSS, ECSEL, Shift2Rail, SESAR

Article 185 Initiatives: AAL, EUREKA-Eurostars, EMRP, EDCTP, Bonus

 
If you have questions concerning JTIs or Article 185 Initiatives, please contact your relevant thematic NCP.

The FFG has compiled a comparison document highlighting the differences between the Model Grant Agreements for the individual initiatives and the H2020 General Model Grant Agreement. The document is available in the Download Center on the right

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