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Sponsored Research Agreements FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Sponsored Research Agreements advances Rutgers University’s mission by supporting the research community with professional contracts management services that establish and strengthen strategic alliances with Rutgers' research sponsors and enrich the Office for Research's core values of Service, Excellence, Integrity and Accountability.

  • Rutgers has deep experience in this area, with more than $22 million dollars in corporate research funded in fiscal year 2011. Typically you will need to find a Rutgers researcher you want to work with, and define the parameters of the research project with them. You will then need to produce a scope of work statement and a budget to be submitted by the Rutgers researcher to our office to get the process started. If you would like to discuss details of this process or obtain a draft research agreement, contact the Sponsored Research Agreements team.

  • While Rutgers allows visiting scientists on campus, there must be an important scientific reason to do this. Your company will typically have to have an executed Visiting Scientist Agreement before starting any collaboration on campus. Contact our team for details.

  • In general, universities are poor places to keep information confidential, as one of the main duties of researchers is to publish. To the extent possible, your company should file for a patent before disclosing things to Rutgers. Under limited circumstances information can also be protected by confidentiality agreements if these are executed before the information is exchanged.

  • Contact Sponsored Research Agreements, the group that manages such agreements at Rutgers, to discuss details of the transfer.

  • Rutgers provides service agreements for these types of non-research services. Typically, you will need to locate a Rutgers department that has the equipment required and engage a Rutgers principal investigator to perform/direct the project. Our team would propose and process the appropriate agreement.

  • Be aware of any restrictions on the publication or participation of foreign nationals. Contact Export Control to discuss the details of export compliance.