Research Contracts

Become skilled at reviewing, setting up and managing research contracts

2022 Dates

Dates for 2022 are now available and can be booked via the links below:

Tuesday 8 March - Friday 11 March 2022

Tuesday 13 September - Friday 16 September 2022

Venue: Burleigh Court, Loughborough

Training outcomes

Know how research contracts are structured to ensure that express terms are enforceable (compliant with fundamental requirements of contract law in England and Wales)
Understand the significance of boilerplate terms and how to negotiate changes appropriate to individual research contracts
Discuss how to critically assess instructions received from a researcher and review the proposed deal
Understand if a research contract is compliant with charity law
Know how to review research contracts for errors and omissions

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.

Who should attend?

  • Relevant job titles: Business Development professionals, industry liaison, IP Contracts management, people who deal with collaborative research relationships/partnerships
  • Relevant sectors/organisations: Higher Education (HE), public sector research organisations, NHS Trusts, R&D support/governance offices, ARMA and ASTP Community, Research Council Funding Bodies, Industry
  • Experience needed: None required
  • Supporting courses: Essentials of Business Development

Event description

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 enables such agreements to be put in place more efficiently. However, creating and managing these (sometimes complex) collaborative relationships between organisations can often prove challenging and frustrating.

Course Directors

David Brownlee
David is the Innovation Advisor for Health and Social Care (HSC) in N. Ireland, where he heads up the HSC Innovations. Over the past 10 years in HSC, he has been responsible for amongst other things; the creation and delivery of the "Supporting Innovation in the HSC “framework project, the roll-out and adoption of the Innovation Policy for HSC, securing funding for and development of the infrastructure of HSC Innovations as a regional service; and managing and commercialising a pipeline of varied technologies in the healthcare arena. 



Paul Maclennan
Paul is a solicitor and a Partner at Anderson Law LLP, a niche firm of commercial/IP solicitors based in Oxfordshire. Paul advises on a wide variety of commercial agreements focussing on transactional work within the IT, life sciences and university sectors. His clients include leading UK universities and an international IT/telecoms company. Paul is listed in Chambers & Partners as a leading UK lawyer in the field of Intellectual Property and is a contributor to a number of Anderson Law’s publications on intellectual property and commercial law, most recently Technology Transfer (3rd Ed, Bloomsbury, 2010). 



Daniel Blakey
Dan is Head of the Research Services office in Oxford which supports the activities of the Science, Social Science, and Humanities researchers. Dan joined the Oxford RS office after completing a PhD in 2005, starting as a contracts officer and then moving through managing a grants support team, developing an institutional approach to major research projects, and leading on large and complex negotiations before taking up his current position. In addition to the operational and leadership aspects of his role, Dan works across Oxford’s Research Services office on training needs and the in-house training programme, support for strategic projects, and overseas research funding and collaborations. He has been involved in the PraxisAuril Research Contracts course since 2013.