Research Contracts

Become skilled at reviewing, setting up and managing research contracts

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.

2022 Dates

Tuesday 13 September - Friday 16 September 2022 (cannot be attended remotely)

Venue: Burleigh Court, Loughborough
  • Registration Evening - Tuesday 13 September 2022 - 1830 - 2100  
  • Day 1 - Wednesday 14 September 2022 - 0845 - 1730 (Dinner 1900 - 2100) 
  • Day 2 - Thursday 15 September 2022 - 0820 - 1730 (Free evening) 
  • Day 3 - Friday 16 September 2022 - 0830 - 1400

Costs do not include accommodation and travel. PraxisAuril cannot make bookings on behalf of delegates. Once you have made your booking, you will receive your accommodation reference in your confirmation email. 

Please click the 'Book Now' button to register your space.

Event fee: Non-Members £1,595 Members £1,195 

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.

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

 

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.

 

Course Directors

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). 

 

 


 

Lizelle Gouverneur 

Lizelle has been at the Pirbright Institute in the Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation department for about four and a half years, where she is currently the manager of a team responsible for establishing and achieving the Institute's KEC strategy. Lizelle covers all aspects of KEC: identifying and managing intellectual property through appropriate contracts and patent filings; managing and negotiating different types of contracts related to KEC, e.g. funding agreements, collaborations, subcontracts, MTAs, CDAs, service agreements, MOUs etc; supporting staff involved in any commercial activities such as product sales, contract service provision etc.

Also responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with external partners, particularly industrial partners. Sometimes, Lizelle is the primary contact for such engagement, other times the researchers are the main contact, and support is provided such as help with project planning and contract management. Additionally, appropriate support is provided for researchers, in applications for funding, particularly projects with a more applied focus, where such applications require a commercialisation plan or similar, or the source of funding is a commercial organisation - working closely with grant administration and finance teams to provide support for management of different types of funding.

A UK member of the European Commission's expert Guidance Development Group for the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in Research Institutions. This group is responsible for writing guidance documentation to be released to research institutes and universities to help them understand and implement European regulations regarding access and benefit sharing (the Nagoya protocol). This document is in its final stages of revision and will hopefully be released soon.

Lizelle also provides in-house training to new students regarding intellectual property and will be providing training regarding the Nagoya protocol soon.

 


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