Guidance

Lambert toolkit: model research collaboration agreements

There are 5 model research collaboration agreements for universities and companies that wish to undertake collaborative research projects together.

Documents

Outline

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Agreement 1

Agreement 1

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Agreement 2

Agreement 2

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Agreement 3

Agreement 3

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Agreement 4

Agreement 4

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Agreement 5

Agreement 5

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Detail

The model agreements contain notes.

These, and any optional wording you do not wish to use (shown in square brackets in the agreements), should be removed before the agreement is prepared for signature. Use the decision guide to help choose the model agreement that most closely reflects your requirements.

Lambert model research collaboration agreement 1

The university owns the Intellectual Property (IP) in the results and grants a non-exclusive licence for the sponsor and its group companies to use the results in a specified business area (field) and/or a geographical area (territory).

Lambert model research collaboration agreement 2

The university owns the IP in the results and licenses the sponsor and its group companies to use the results in a specified field and/or territory, and the sponsor has an option to acquire an exclusive licence in relation to certain results.

Lambert model research collaboration agreement 3

The university owns the IP in the results and licenses the sponsor and its group companies to use the results in a specified field and/or territory and the sponsor has an option to take an assignment of the IP in certain results.

Lambert model research collaboration agreement 4

The sponsor owns the IP in the results, but rights are reserved to allow the university to use the results for academic purposes (including academic publication) on certain conditions to protect the confidentiality of the Sponsor’s information and so as not to jeopardise the possibility of the sponsor obtaining a patent for the results.

Lambert model research collaboration agreement 5

The sponsor owns the IP in the results, and the university has no right to publish the results. (This sort of agreement is usually referred to as a contract research or research services agreement, rather than a collaborative research agreement.)