Research Contracts and Agreements
Research contracts are funding agreements between the university and a third party, such as a government agency, industry partner or non-profit group.
A research contract is a legally binding agreement and research contracts are established at Memorial in accordance with the university’s policy on Contract Research.
The authority for the oversight of contract administration, the general parameters under which a university contract might be created, the roles and responsibilities associated with contract administration, and the positions that are required to review and sign contracts on behalf of the university are defined in the policy on Contract Administration.
Both the Office of Research Services (ORS) and the Office of Collaboration and Partnerships (OCP) have responsibilities with respect to the negotiation and execution of contracts.
Normally, contracts with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (related to Atlantic Innovation Fund opportunities), the Research & Development Corporation and Petroleum Research Newfoundland & Labrador are negotiated and executed through OCP.
Agreements that are related to Tri-Agency funding opportunities (eg. NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grants), clinical trials, and contracts established with many government agencies (eg. Public Works and Government Services Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada), are normally negotiated and executed through ORS.
In some instances, both units will work together on contract matters. ORS and OCP cooperate to ensure engagement of the most appropriate office and personnel towards successful negotiations.