The Horizon 2020 grant agreement includes the basic agreement providing legal and financial provisions for the completion of research projects. This fundamental agreement is much more important than the basic treaty and Schedule II of the seventh research framework programme. The current horizon 2020 key agreement is practically a summary of the basic treaty of the Seventh Research Framework Programme, Annex II and the Financial Guide. As a result, many provisions of the old financial guide have become a direct contractual element within the framework of Horizon 2020. For more information: ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/grants_manual/amga/h2020-amga_en.pdf In Horizon 2020, there is a General Model Grant Agreement (General Model Grant Agreement) for research and innovation actions (RIA), innovation actions (AI) and coordination and support actions (CSA), as well as specific model contracts for certain types of projects. The derogations of the GAs specific to the ERC, MSCA, the SME instrument in relation to the general GA are reported at the beginning of the contract. For simplification purposes, there is only one standard financial assistance agreement under Horizon 2020 for all Horizon 2020 projects. In addition, the MGA contains „default regulations“ that the consortium can amend in the consortium contract. Such room for manoeuvre for the divergent agreements of the project partners exists mainly in the field of intellectual property. Most of the provisions of the GA are immutable. However, certain details can be agreed individually with the European Commission/financing agency during the preparation of the contract, such as the start of the project and the amount of pre-financing. In addition to the basic agreement, there are annexes called annexes. The grant agreement is the contract between the European Commission and the project`s proponents.

It consists of a basic agreement and several annexes. The basic agreement includes legal and financial provisions for the completion of research projects. The European Commission has published a revised version of the Annotated Model Grant Agreement (AMGA). All changes to the new version are listed at the beginning of the document and marked accordingly in the text in order to be quickly recognizable. . Under the basic agreement, options are used, i.e., depending on the tender and instrument, the options to adapt the agreement to the particular circumstances of the project are applied. The MGA also contains different options. These are special choices or provisions that do not apply to all projects. The applicable options are printed in italics in the GS of the concrete project. The launch and duration of the project are defined in the Section 3 (Duration of Project) grant agreement.

Unless otherwise stated, the project is launched on the first day of the month following the entry into force of the grant agreement.