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2010 Stakeholder Consultation on the Revision of DESCA

After three years of practical experience with the negotiation of FP7 projects, the DESCA core group decided to launch a consultation to collect feedback on DESCA 2.0. The consultation process consisted of an extensive online questionnaire, which was open from 18 June until 12 August 2010. In addition to this, an open meeting of stakeholders and DESCA users took place in Brussels on 23 September 2010.

Participation

The questionnaire was completed by 106 FP7 experts from all different types of organisations and with different technological background. Respondents came from 19 different countries. The open meeting in Brussels was attended by 42 experts from 10 countries.

Use of DESCA

The survey showed that the DESCA model is frequently used in FP7 projects covering all types of research areas. More than 50% of all respondents estimated that they used the DESCA model in 81-100% of their FP7 collaborative projects. Another 19% stated that it was used in 61 to 80% of their projects.

Benefits of DESCA

Around 90% of participants stated that DESCA helped them save time and money. Moreover, more than 85% of respondents found that the model made the negotiation process of FP7 projects simpler and easier. 73% thought that DESCA helped prevent power imbalances between project partners.

Suggestions for modifications and amendments

For each of the different sections of the DESCA model consortium agreement, the majority of respondents did not request specific modifications or amendments. However, many interesting suggestions and recommendations were made, mostly on section 6 (Governance Structure), 7 (Financial Provisions) and 8 (Foreground).

Report on the Stakeholder Consultation

A detailed report on the 2010 stakeholder consultation can be found here.