University Research Agreements

The following set of reference documents and sample agreements will assist government staff to understand and prepare research agreements with BC universities. Please read these documents prior to entering into a Province-University Research Agreement.

NOTE: These sample agreements are ONLY to be used for research agreements with BC universities. These agreements are NOT to be used for contracts that do not involve research work. Due to the special nature of the provisions of these agreements, clauses are NOT to be extracted for use in other contracts or agreements.

If you have any questions regarding Province-University Research Agreements, please contact the ministry Procurement specialist, Legal Services Branch or the manager of the University Research Agreements Toolkit.

The objectives of this set of reference documents and sample agreements are to:

  • facilitate negotiations between the Province’s ministries and its public universities;
  • reduce the time and effort required to secure an agreement; and
  • provide educational material and examples of best practice.

This set of reference documents and its associated resources address those situations where the Province of British Columbia enters into an agreement directly with a university (or universities) to have research conducted in an area directly related to government priorities, policies or individual Ministry mandates. More specifically:

  • Research services, investigation, testing, analysis and evaluation to:
    • Increase generalized knowledge or understanding, or
    • recommend advice or solutions for a particular subject matter/issue for overall benefit to the Province of BC; or
  • A defined research project with specific objectives and deliverables that is for the direct benefit or implementation in ministry programs or operations.

These reference documents and associated resources do not address:

  • Research funding provided by independent research funding agencies such as the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Genome BC;
  • The Forest Investment Account and the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund;
  • Staffing, secondments or hiring of co-op students;
  • Purchase of finished research papers, reports, or products;
  • Websites or training delivery programs;
  • Personal consulting arrangements between individual faculty members and the Province, and;
  • Educational Services contracts (e.g., for the development of curriculum).