The fourth part of a well-written cooperation research agreement is the budget. There is a tendency to view this as the most important part, as it documents the funding that the parties contribute. However, this is an inappropriate emphasis. While public sector agricultural research is grossly underfunded and, therefore, the funds obtained by cooperation partners have an extremely important place in the overall research budget, collaborative research should never be seen primarily as an opportunity for revenue growth. Cooperation is much more than that. The focus solely on research funding misses the use of the agreement as a means of transferring technology and a means of creating an intellectual synergy that could be formed when researchers work together. Can students research as part of a sponsored research agreement? Yes, under the supervision of the principal investigator (PI), students can complete research tasks as part of the project. If necessary, project participants should read the agreement and sign an agreement on confidential information and intellectual property (CIIP). This ensures that all participants are aware of the university`s conditions and obligations in accordance with the SRA. All participants must comply with the university`s obligations. In collaborative research, many discoveries fall in the third year. In a well-written collaborative research agreement, it will be a question of how and by whom ownership should be taken in cases where the IP/TP is discovered by either party. Patent laws around the world are different.
According to patent laws in almost every country outside the United States, inventiveness is determined by who is the first to file the patent (and participated in the discovery process). In the United States, inventiveness is determined by the first inventoried, and ownership follows inventiveness, that is, ownership belongs to all those who deposit first. This is called the “first to file” approach. It is therefore necessary for a Community research agreement to address the issue of ownership or refer to the national laws of partners. An important part of the IP provision is what the agreement actually promises with respect to licensing or “subsidy.” Normally, the parties enter into a research cooperation agreement in order to gain access to the discoveries resulting from the cooperation project. The second part of a well-developed cooperation agreement is called a declaration of work.