A contract should be put in place if you are sharing materials, data, confidential information, sending or receiving funding, conducting research with human participants, or if intellectual property is being used or created in a project, and may also be necessary for other situations. Some funders have particular requirements regarding collaboration agreements. Please discuss this with the Research Services Contracts team.
Research Services is responsible for drafting, reviewing, negotiating and authorising all research-related contracts on behalf of the University. It is important to involve Research Services as early as possible, because contract negotiation can sometimes be a lengthy process. This will enable RS to negotiate and finalise the contract in a timely manner.
Research Services needs to have background information on your project. The information to supply page provides further details.
A Collaboration Agreement will usually be the most appropriate form of agreement. For some situations where interaction is more limited, other types of contracts might be more suitable, for example Material Transfer Agreements for the transfer of scientific material or Confidential Disclosure Agreements to protect unpublished and/or proprietary information.
Further information is available from the Research Services Contracts webpages.