In the GfA (p.7) it says:
The joint doctoral programme should also contribute to reinforcing links between universities/research organisations and the non-academic sector in order to strengthen the transmission and exploitation of knowledge and to enhance the innovation process. Beneficiaries and/or partner organisations from the non-academic sector may therefore also participate in an EJD.
They can participate as a beneficiary and as such the ESR will be recruited, hosted, supervised and trained by this organisation that is not allowed to award doctoral degrees. The ESRs will be enrolled on top of that with two universities that will award the joint degree.
The other option is that the ESR recruited by the that beneficiary only gets a 'single' degree rather than the joint degree.
REA points out that the role of the non-academic sector in ITNs is very important and it's taken into account in the evaluation criteria. For example the intersectoral aspects of the proposal are evaluated in the Excellence criterion and the meaningful contribution of the non-academic sector to the doctoral/research training is also considered in the Impact criterion.
In EJD the consortium must be composed by a minimum of 3 beneficiaries, located in different MS or AC, which are entitled to award doctoral degrees. On top of this minimum requirement additional academic and/or non-academic beneficiaries from any country may participate.
It is expected that the researchers will need to spend at least the minimum period of time at the corresponding academic beneficiary(ies) required to be eligible to submit a doctoral degree there. This will vary according to the institution and country in question. On top of this the fellow may be hosted at other participating organisations (beneficiaries / Partner Organisations), in line with the proposal description.
The limitation of secondments to 30% of the recruitment period does not apply to EJD insofar as time spent at other participating organisations occurs in line with the proposal.
(information by REA officials to NCPs)