The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official authority of the UK government for intellectual property rights (IP), including patents, designs, trademarks and copyrights. They have published seven pilot research cooperation agreements for universities and companies that intend to jointly conduct joint research projects. NIHR wants to ensure that the research it supports is conducted in an environment that promotes maximum dissemination and, if necessary, exploitation of results. It is therefore essential that NIHR know who is involved in the research and how this relationship is regulated. In this context, contractors should be aware that NIHR may wish to review all cooperation agreements before being implemented to ensure that they are in compliance with the NIHR research contract. The standard research contract requires organizations to disclose agreements with third parties and to ensure that no agreement is reached to prevent organizations from complying with contractual terms. The Brunswick Group has developed a series of standard agreements for use between two universities or similar non-profit organizations. The United Kingdom Clinical Research Collaboration has published a series of model agreements that sponsors and host institutions can use for commercial research on medical devices, research with contract research organizations and commercial research in the field of primary procurement. This version of the model collaborative commission agreement is based on the basis that cooperation is done with respect to several contracts. A separate version is available to cover situations in which Commissioners wish to cover a single contract through a cooperation agreement.
When it comes to research personnel, the contractor should consider the most effective way to formally manage this agreement. In the case of NIHR-funded research, it is most often through a cooperation agreement. Several models are available as a starting point (see below) and, indeed, institutions will often have their own, but such an agreement should be specific to the agreement in question and adapted to the context of its use. Cooperation agreements between universities and companies: standard research cooperation agreements, approved by nationality, help to speed up the procurement process for industry-supported trials in the NHS, the need for site-by-site audits and local legal agreements are not necessary. This series of agreement models is expected to help accelerate the start of the study, which will improve the speed of industry-sponsored clinical trials and allow patients with NHS to access innovative treatments more quickly. This document contains a model cooperation agreement with the Commission, which is used by commissioners to commission health services on a multilateral basis through the NHS model treaty – that is, when a group of Commissioners works together to act together as Commissioner, one of whom acts as co-ordinating Commissioner.