When to contact OCP
The Office of Collaborations and Partnerships works closely with industry partners, funders and researcher to establish research partnerships.
Any written proposal to carry out research, either as a contract or other arrangement, is a commitment by the investigator(s) to do a specific research project and by the university to provide the necessary space, facilities and administrative support. Thus it is essential that any proposal, even in the preliminary stages, be reviewed and signed by the relevant dean and the Office of Collaborations and Partnerships to ensure that the proposal is aligned with Memorial's research agenda and the proper resources are in place to support the project.
The Office of Collaborations and Partnerships will work closely with the Office of Research Services and other university departments to develop a research contract. OCP has standard documents for all types of industry-related research agreements, which are modified to fit individual project or set of circumstances.
There is no one set of rules that will appropriately address the myriad of possible situations and research relationships. In all cases, for a research project to be successful it is critical that all parties involved understand the terms and conditions that govern the contractual relationship of a specific project.
Researchers and industry partners are encouraged to contact the managers of institutional research programs early in the negotiation process to discuss specific agreement requirements.
OCP and ORS will negotiate all contractual matters of the agreement on behalf of Memorial University.
All research contracts involving the use of university resources are bound by Memorial's policy on contract research - http://www.mun.ca/policy/site/policy.php?id=131