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Standard Terms and Conditions for Supporting Sponsored Research at Cornell University

Collaboration with Industry
Cornell University is committed to the pursuit of knowledge for the benefit and use of society. Collaboration with industry encourages the practical application of the results of research for the public benefit. These collaborations enable researchers to diversify their funding portfolio and provide excellent opportunities for Cornell students to interact with potential future employers.

The Office of Sponsored Programs has launched two Sponsored Research Agreement (SRA) templates to facilitate corporate funding of Cornell basic and applied research. The purpose of these agreements is to enhance the ability of Cornell faculty to grow their corporate research support and accelerate the contract negotiation process. Researchers and Sponsors may choose the agreement that best meets the needs of the research project to be conducted.

Execution of Sponsored Research Agreements
Authority to negotiate and sign SRAs is vested in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) by Cornell University’s Board of Trustees. Questions concerning sponsored research at Cornell or about the terms and conditions described in the Sponsored Research Agreements below should be directed to your Grant and Contract Officer or by e-mail to osp-help@cornell.edu.

Sponsored Research Agreement for Basic Research

Purpose Pursuit of new knowledge or understanding that does not necessarily have an immediate commercial objective.
Use
  • early stage research driven by scientific questions of the Cornell PI
  • advance scientific knowledge
  • support education and training of graduate students through the opportunity of working on industry-relevant research
Terms
  • Cornell ownership of IP developed solely by Cornell researchers
  • joint ownership of IP developed jointly by Cornell and Sponsor
  • time-limited first right to negotiate a license to University Project Intellectual Property and/or to University’s rights in Jointly Owned Project Intellectual Property
  • 30-day sponsor review period for publications resulting from the research
  • protection of Sponsor confidential information

Sponsored Research Agreement for Applied Research

Purpose Systematic inquiry involving the practical application of science to solve real-world problems.
Use
  • later stage research seeking to solve practical problems with the potential to develop new products or technologies
  • projects that are intended to meet specific objectives of the Sponsor.
  • based on sponsor-owned or sponsor-initiated intellectual property and/or material.
Terms
  • Cornell ownership of IP developed solely by Cornell researchers
  • joint ownership of IP developed jointly by Cornell and Sponsor
  • non-exclusive, royalty-free, license ("NERF license"),  that is non-transferable and without the right to sub-license
  • exclusive, royalty-free license ("ERF License") that is non-transferable and without the right to sub-license
  • option to negotiate the right to sub-license to third parties under certain revenue-sharing arrangements between Sponsor and University
  • exclusive, fee- and royalty-bearing license to use Project Intellectual Property, University’s interest in Jointly Owned Project Intellectual Property, and related, necessary Background Intellectual Property not otherwise encumbered
  • 30-day sponsor review period for publications resulting from the research protection of Sponsor confidential information