Detailed below are some of the most common forms of research agreements.
This information is intended to assist you in understanding the type of agreement you may require. If you are unsure or require further information, the Research Contracts team can assist in determining the most appropriate agreement for your research project.
Some of the types of contracts you may require for your project are listed below:
A confidentiality/non-disclosure agreement which binds one or more parties to obligations of confidentiality, and allows them to use information disclosed only for a particular stated purpose.
It is used in multiple circumstances most commonly when a researcher wishes to discuss potential work with an external party (though a separate agreement is usually created before work actually begins).
A services agreement sets out terms relating to a party performing work for another party.
It is used when Flinders is performing a particular piece of work for another party non-collaboratively, or engages another party to perform services in relation to a research project but does not collaborate with that party.
A novation agreement transfers the rights and obligations of one party under an existing agreement, to another party.
It is used when a researcher moves from one university to another, and the research project they are working on is also transferred to the new university.
A material/data transfer agreement sets out terms and conditions for the transfer and subsequent usage of material and/or data from one organisation to another.
It is used when one organisation wishes to use material (e.g. tissue samples) or data held by another organisation.
A clinical trial agreement sets out the details and responsibilities relating to a clinical trial.
It is used whenever a clinical trial is performed as part of a research project, for example to test the safety and effectiveness of drugs, therapeutics, or clinical treatments.
A MOU is usually not a legally binding agreement, but one which sets out an understanding between parties.
It is used when parties wish to set out an understanding for future goals and collaboration, often when subsequent legally enforceable agreements will be created.
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