Research Contracts & Consulting
The Research & Business Partnerships (RBP) team support the academic community to connect with industry, pursue tender opportunities, and engage in contract research and consulting.
Focus on doing what you do best - your research
Contracting through Research & Business Partnerships will ensure accurate project scoping, compliance with University Policy, a maximum return, and once the contract is in place, that the client is satisfied and payments are received.
Let us manage all the legal and commercial aspects of the negotiations on your behalf.
Working with Research & Business Partnerships
- Step 1Opportunity
The first step to creating a new contract with government or industry is to contact the Research & Business Partnerships (RBP) team.
Our services are provided to researchers to support you through the whole process.
The Research Grants, Contracts and Consultancies Policy is an important document that sets out the structures within the University that support and govern that activity, as well as the principles that apply to the process of seeking and expending external research funding.
- Step 2Scope
RBP will help you draft both an Initial and Final Project Proposal including an outline of the scope of the project, deliverables and timeframes. We will also identify dependencies on third party inputs and external factors that could influence the project’s outcome.
A dedicated Business & Partnership Specialist (BPS) will help identify and manage potential risks and ascertain whether there are any conflicts of interest or IP issues that might need to be dealt with.
- Step 3Cost and Price
Pricing in particular must be discussed with RBP prior to any negotiations taking place with the client to ensure alignment with the Pricing and Income Distribution Framework .
RBP can provide guidance on applicable market rates and assistance in cost and price calculations, as well as advice on the staging of project payments. This is particularly important where sub-contractors are involved in order to ensure adequate funds are available.
Pricing must take into account the value of the work to the client; generate an appropriate return for the University to cover direct and indirect costs and allow for the distri bution of a portion of that income to the University to contribute to related infrastructure, services and support costs.
- Step 4Contract Negotiation and Approval
RBP will negotiate the Agreement (Strategic Partnership Agreement, Collaborative Research Agreement, Project Research Agreement, MTA, Tender etc.) on your behalf and assist in gaining the approval of all parties including your Head of School, Research Legal Services, the Client or other external parties, Ethics and as required the Executive Dean.
This process is well defined and rapid, particularly if UoA standard templates are used. Where it is necessary to use non-standard or third-party agreements, several revisions and iterations are usually required until a final agreement is reached between all parties. The BPS will keep you updated on progress in these instances.
- Step 5Contract Management (Milestones and Invoicing)
Once the project has commenced it is critical that Milestones are delivered on time and to the quality expected by the Client. Following Milestone Delivery, Revenue Accounting will be responsible for raising invoices and processing payments as agreed in the Contract Schedule.
It is the Chief Investigators responsibility to notify RBP as soon as a Milestone Deliverable has been met to initiate that process. Any potential delay in Milestone Delivery needs to be communicated to RBP at least one month in advance of the Milestone Due Date. This may require a variation to the Contract and should be avoided
- See also:Other Services
RBP can also provide a number of additional services to support your research:
- Commercial and business advice
- Business Plans and/or Proposals
- Risk & Value Assessments
- Connections to an extensive network of potential commercial partners
Intellectual Property & Commercialisation
Adelaide Enterprise was established in 2016 as an initiative of the University's Research Strategy to drive entrepreneurship efforts, licensing deal flow and generate increased spinouts. Income generated through commercial activities is fed back to the University, helping to sustain research and other activities.