Collaborative research agreements can be of great benefit to both partners. No company ever has sufficient sanitation capacity, resources and intellectual capacity to conduct all the research it wishes to undertake. Partnerships can be effective and cost-effective access to resources. In addition, collaborative research agreements are often the first step towards creating longer-term partnerships. They can also be effective technology transfer tools. The benefits are much more than the monetary value. Taking the time to rethink and discuss the terms of the collaborative research agreement helps foster communication between partners and put the project on a path to success. Good partnerships foster creativity and help innovation serve the common good. For collaborative research agreements in which biological or other materials (germ plasma, plant parts, biotech components, etc.) are transmitted from one part to another to be used in the project, the agreement usually contains an additional section, the list of materials.

This section is often attached to the agreement. In some cases, there may be more than one appendix, as the materials used and transferred may change during the project. The final step in a collaborative research agreement is the list of materials. As with the budget, this section contains a clear list of the TP that each party makes available to the project. This is essential because all these materials were developed outside the project and are owned by one or the other partner. These are not new TPs, which are distributed in accordance with the grant clauses. On the contrary, the materials contained in the list of materials are entirely owned by one of the employees. Sometimes the items in the list of materials are linked to IP rights. Sometimes they don`t.

Another point to consider is the quantification of the work to be done. It may not be necessary to use exact numbers (for example. B the types and replications of an experiment or the number of test tubes you will use), but insert general instructions on the size and extent of collaborative research. If you do z.B a feeding study and use 30 mice per replication, indicate it in the agreement.