Types of Agreements

Authority to solicit, negotiate and execute agreements for research and business services at UC Davis on behalf of The Regents of the University of California is delegated to only a few authorized representatives on each campus. There are only certain offices on campus, such as Sponsored Programs,  Technology Transfer Office, and Purchasing & Business Contracts that have the authority to decide the appropriate agreement for the specific transaction that you are requesting. The type of activity you are proposing will determine the type of agreement. A representative from the appropriate campus office will negotiate the specific agreement with the appropriate company representative. University faculty and researchers do not negotiate agreements on behalf of The Regents of the University of California, nor do they have the authority to sign agreements.

There are many types of agreements or contracts at UC Davis, including grants, industry research agreements, licensing agreements, service agreements, letters of agreement, memoranda of understanding, purchase orders, and letters of intent. The university enters into Master Agreements with entities which concurrently support numerous projects at UC Davis. The Master Agreement addresses the general terms and conditions that apply to all projects sponsored under it.

In this section, we will focus on four types of agreements that are often involved in relationships between the university and industry: research agreements, service agreements, clinical trial agreements and confidentiality agreements.