Research Contracts 18-21 September 2018
Is this course right for me?
The course is for people who deal with collaborative research relationships/partnerships. So it’s likely to be of most value for those who have either just moved into the role or those who wish to develop their role in research contracts (or industry liaison role/business development/IP contracts management roles). They’ll most likely be working in higher education, public sector research organisations such as NHS Trusts R&D support/governance offices, and potentially also in Research Council funding bodies, members of the AMRC community and businesses also.
Delegates might have experience in Knowledge Exchange (KE), but less knowledge and understanding of the general and specific issues around research contracts
This course is also suitable for:
- The ARMA and ASTP community
- Business development professionals who wish to enhance their understanding as to how they may facilitate and enhance the role of the contracts office, research interactions and in brokering/managing strategic relationships between organisations.
- Those who have attended PraxisAuril’s Essentials of Business Development course might find this to be a valuable next step, especially if they are seeking to understand and develop a greater understanding of what is required for collaborations from a contracts perspective (a good contract works in tandem with good management of the collaboration between the parties and helps in the overall relationship for all parties to achieve impact).
Why should I attend this course?
- Research contracts – “which are fit for purpose” – are essential to cover all aspects of the relationship in a collaborative project for both those collaborating and also funders (which may or may not be a party to the collaborative partnership).
- Research contracts between organisations can deliver mutual benefit, enable new outcomes and create considerable benefit for society.
- There is a requirement for Universities, PSREs – NHS etc., research institutes to put research agreements in place for collaborations – so to be skilled at reviewing, setting up and managing research contracts are key skills to ensure the projects are delivered, understanding how these agreements work enable such agreements to be put in place more efficiently.
- Creating and managing these (sometimes complex) collaborative relationships between organisations can often prove challenging and frustrating.
What will I learn from the course?
- That the research contracts you deal with are structured and laid out in a way which is easy to read and understand and which ensures that express terms are enforceable (compliant with the fundamental requirements of contract law in England and Wales.
- Understanding of the significance of boilerplate terms and be able to negotiate changes appropriate to individual research contracts.
- Be able to critically assess instructions received from a researcher; prepare for a meeting with the researcher; review the proposed deal; to elucidate what further information is required from the researcher.
- Determine whether a research contract is compliant with charity law and to seek further specialist advice if required.
- Be able to review a research contract for errors and omissions with confidence.
- To interpret research contracts with greater confidence and with an awareness of the common pitfalls of interpretation of contracts.
- Interpret and amend IP clauses within contracts taking into account the impact the clause will have on future uses of the research results and pre-existing materials.
- An awareness of your own and your institution’s attitude to risk and an ability to be proactive in managing any difference between the two. (They should be risk aware but not risk averse, and understand that risk can never be fully eliminated; only managed).
- Awareness of the model agreements available for both academia, clinical and business; and an ability to select and use a model agreement when appropriate
- Be able to review, negotiate and draft indemnities in research contracts.
- Be able to take a position in a research contract negotiation; understand the impact of your position on others; communicate effectively with other departments; be assertive when required, to push the position as needed; gain confidence in influencing skills.
The course also focuses on networking, providing a valuable platform to meet peers, discuss best practice, and interact with the course team and other contributors.
PLEASE NOTE: There may be a requirement for delegates to undertake some pre-course work/reading before the course begins.
What makes this course different to others available in the sector?
PraxisAuril is able to deliver this training from the unique perspective of KE practitioners. We see the world from the same angle as you do!
We draw on a wide pool of experience and expertise from within the profession and build them into the course content, ensuring we are always delivering up to date, sector leading training and development.
20% discount on group bookings
Make a 20% saving on course fees by registering five or more delegates from your organisation for this event.
The course fee includes:
- Attendance at all lectures and workshops
- Training and reference materials (electronic or otherwise)
- Registration event (including buffet dinner & drinks*) on Tuesday 18 September 2018
- Networking event (including buffet dinner & drinks*) on Wednesday 19 September 2018
- Morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch every day
* Please note that there is no reduction in the course fee if you choose not to attend the evening events.
Loughborough University (West Park)
Loughborough, LEC LE11 3GR
|Course Fee (Members £1,045)||£ 1175.00|
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