For the current Doctoral Networks call that closes on 16 November 2021, there have been some important changes for the participation of universities that award doctoral degrees.
In Horizon 2020, it was possible to include universities with which cooperation agreements already existed with regard to doctorates in the consortium as an "entity with a legal link”.
No letter of commitment was required from these universities, nor were they part of the consortium. The only role was to award the doctoral degree, which had to be mentioned in a few places in the proposal. This option does no longer exist in Horizon Europe.
Universities with which institutions in an MSCA Doctoral Network cooperate only for the purpose of awarding the doctoral degree must also be named as "associated partner linked to a beneficiary" in the list of participants. Furthermore, a description of their task - awarding the doctoral degree - has to be added to the proposal.
In addition, the universities have to be briefly described in the table in document B2. Moreover, these universities are part of the supervisory board.
Universities with which there was no prior agreement to award the doctoral degree must still be part of the consortium as associated partners. There have been no changes here compared to Horizon 2020.