The signing of a consortium contract is only required under a few calls from Marie Skodowska-Curie – if not, the work programme always says so explicitly. For example, there is no consortium agreement for projects with a beneficiary. A first step would be to check whether a consortium agreement is mandatory in your case, depending on the type of project you will be involved in. With regard to protection, Horizon 2020 is a general obligation to protect project results, see Article 42 of the Horizon 2020 eligibility rules and Article 27 of the model grant agreement. Under the grant agreement, recipients must ensure that researchers have unlicensed access to background rights and results in order to develop their work within the project. These access rights should only be granted if they are necessary for the researchers to carry out their research within the framework of the project. In collaboration with representatives of the European Liaison Office of German Research Organisations (KoWi), the Max Planck-Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz community, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the University of Duisburg-Essen, the University of Bonn (Euroconsult Research – Education) and the National Working Group of EU Promotion Advisors in German Universities and Higher Education Institutions (BAK), the German national contact point for Marie Skodowska-Curie actions, has developed standard contracts for the employment of Marie Skéodowska-Curie fellows in innovative training networks (ITN). In addition, a partnership agreement for global competitions has been prepared. These standard contracts (employment contracts) serve to assist in the preparation of individual contracts in accordance with the requirements of the European Commission/Executive Research Agency (REA). It is up to the institution concerned to decide whether or not the text templates can be used in whole or in part. At MSCA, the rules for participation in project results are the same as for other Horizon 2020 actions: the results of the project are the property of the beneficiary who generates them.
In other words, your institution (z.B. Their university) will sign the grant agreement with the European Commission and will therefore be considered a beneficiary, i.e. as the owner of the results of the project generated by its collaborators during the action. Therefore, the default rule is that the copyright on your publications belongs to your institution. As a researcher, you do not benefit from automatic property rights under the grant agreement. Should there be a restriction that could affect the granting of these access rights, researchers should be informed as soon as possible.