Research Contracts FAQs
- What is the contract process?
- Who can sign agreements?
- When can I start my project?
- Do I need a Confidentiality Agreement?
- Can I publish the results?
- What are my responsibilities as Project Officer?
- What is a CCS and who signs it?
- Drafting of Agreement and Intent
- SCU Legal and Insurance clearances
- Sign off by External Party
- Sign off by SCU
This process is outlined in the General Research Agreements Procedure (pdf).
No commitment or obligation is created before the contract is signed. Your funding body may not pay you if there isn't a contract in place.
If you want to ensure publication rights, discuss this with the Office of Research during the drafting phase and they will ensure that the best publication rights possible are included in the agreement.
- Read and understand all aspects of the contract.
- Read the entire contract, and note your obligations, and those of your staff and students who will be working on the project.
- Distribute copies of the contract to all staff members and students working on the project to read, understand and retain for their reference.
Obligations in the contract extend not only to you, but any SCU staff member that may also be working on the contract. You are responsible for management of the project in accordance with the contract. This includes complying with milestones, overseeing performance of subcontractors, reporting, records and confidentiality requirements.