Industry Sponsored Research Agreements
Primary Types of Agreements Negotiated by Industry Sponsored Research
A formal agreement between UCI and a company to cover the full costs (both direct and indirect) of a research project in accordance with a mutually agreed upon scope of work and corresponding budget.
A formal agreement between UCI and a company for UCI to serve as a subcontractor to the company on an award it receives from another entity, including federal or state agencies. After a proposal is approved by the granting agency, a subcontract is executed between the company and UCI to address the relevant contractual terms and fund the direct and indirect costs of UCI’s portion of the research project in accordance with a mutually agreed upon scope of work and budget.
Before proprietary or valuable material changes hands, a transfer agreement should be in place. This protects the rights of both parties and ensures agreement on subsequent use, care and further distribution. ISR has the responsibility of negotiating and executing these agreements on behalf of UCI.
UCI research material, including biological materials, may be shared with outside entities for research purposes, subject to the faculty researchers’ approval and a written transfer agreement between UCI and the outside entity. A license for commercial use, including appropriate fees, may be obtained under certain circumstances.
Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA)
A formal agreement to protect an entity’s proprietary information when it is shared with another entity. Also known as a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). A CDA can be a precursor to other research agreements when the purpose is to evaluate a future relationship. There are two types of CDAs: one-way CDAs (i.e., only one of the parties is disclosing its confidential information) and mutual CDAs.
An Agreement for Other Sponsored Activity
A formal agreement between UCI and a company for the performance of work other than organized research and instruction. Examples are health service projects and community service programs.
Registry/Observational Study Agreement
A formal agreement between UCI and a company for UCI to participate in a patient registry or observational study where UCI’s portion of the research does not involve the controlled testing of a drug, device or diagnostic in human subjects under an approved protocol.
Data Use Agreement
A formal agreement between UCI and a company for the exchange of personal identifiable or non-public data that may be covered by law for a specific use or project. The data transfers can be outgoing (UCI’s data being transferred to a company) or incoming (a company’s data being transferred to UCI).
Sales and Services Agreement
A sales and services agreement is appropriate when UCI renders a standardized service or provision of goods to an outside entity based on an established standard pricing method. These agreements are processed by Purchasing and Risk Services.