Research Contracts

The Contracts Team prepare, review, negotiate and authorise all University research contracts and most non research contracts.


Contracts for research and commercial projects provide a legally-binding declaration of the obligations of all involved parties. In order for a project to be assigned an account code by the Finance Office, a contract must be in place.

The Contracts Team prepare, review, negotiate and authorise all University research contracts and most non research contracts save for some which fall outside our remit and are dealt with by either legal Services, Alta Innovations or Procurement.

If you are unsure as to whether your contract should be dealt with by us or not get in touch with us and we will advise you. If we cannot help you by dealing with your contract we will refer you to the right place to do so.

Contract types dealt with by the Team include: confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, collaboration agreements, tenders, studentships, grants, EU agreements and clinical trial agreements for the entire University. We also deal with other funding agreements, memorandums of understanding/ letters of intent and non personal consultancy agreements.

Contracts with no direct financial value are not only negotiated prepared and approved but are signed in Contracts.

Contracts with a financial value are dealt with by us through to signature and we give the approval for them to be signed.