Development of national industry-academic collaborative research contracts

Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) invites your contributions.

KTI has been charged by the State with supporting the development of Ireland’s research commercialisation system to enable business to leverage the potential of public sector research and innovation. 

One of KTI’s areas of responsibility is the evolution of the national IP Protocol that governs how industry and public sector research can work together. Associated with this is the development of supporting Model Agreements and Guides, many of which are available here on the KTI website.

KTI is now undertaking a key project to develop a series of Model Collaborative Research Agreements that can be used for contracting between industry and the research base. Whilst their use will not be mandated, they will provide a useful starting point and in many cases (whether used “as is” or as a guide) should speed up the process of negotiation.

KTI has appointed IP Pragmatics to lead on this project, a firm experienced in industry-academia interactions and associated contracting. An expert group has been convened that includes representatives with experience in negotiating collaborative research agreements, drawn from different industry sectors and from Higher Education Institutions. This group will input into the preparation of the Guide and Agreements. With meetings commencing mid-October, the project will deliver a document to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation by the year end.

Your views are important to us.

If you have any observations relating to your experiences in drafting and negotiating industry-academic research collaboration agreements that you wish to share we would like to hear from you. Please email elaine.eggington@ip-pragmatics.com by 23rd October 2015.