Knowledge Transfer Ireland launch new research agreement templates for business and Irish research organisations

Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI), the national office with responsibility for the knowledge transfer system in Ireland, has today launched its latest resource.  The KTI Model Collaborative Research Agreements and associated KTI Practical Guide to Collaborative Research Agreements are aimed at making the process of contracting between companies and publicly funded research organisations swifter and more efficient.

There are two KTI Model Collaborative Agreements available and the KTI Practical Guide to Collaborative Research Agreements contains a decision tree designed to help determine the relevant type of agreement and to understand their different benefits. Together, these documents provide a starting point for swifter negotiation. They are an adjunct to the new national IP Protocol that was developed by KTI and launched by the Government in January of this year, which provides the framework for industry engagement with publicly funded research.

Alison Campbell, Director Knowledge Transfer Ireland said: “Ireland places great importance on connecting public research and industry for the benefit of society and economy.  KTI plays a vital role in advancing this growing activity - it is our aim to support Ireland as an attractive place for industry to access the benefits of working with State funded research and expertise by providing the right framework and resources to make this happen.

Speaking of the new KTI publications, Karl Flannery Chairman of the KTI Industry Advisory Board and CEO of Storm Technology welcomed the arrival of the publications, “The KTI Practical Guide to Collaborative Research and associated agreements are just the latest in Knowledge Transfer Ireland’s range of helpful resources. These template agreements are grounded in reality, drawing on the experience of the people involved in negotiating research contracts from industry and HEIs. The Practical Guide makes it easier to understand the details of contracting and are certain to make the process of negotiation more straightforward both for business leaders and researchers.”   

All of the materials are available to download at