Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI), the national office with responsibility for the knowledge transfer system in Ireland, has today launched its latest resource. Freely available on the Knowledge Transfer Ireland website the KTI Model Collaborative Research Agreements and associated KTI Practical Guide to Collaborative Research Agreements are aimed at making the process of contracting between companies and publicly funded research organisations swifter and more efficient.

Developed by KTI, based on experience from industry and Irish Higher Educations Institutions, the new templates and associated guide provide in-depth guidance and a negotiation framework for business and research partners.

Knowledge Transfer Ireland is tasked with making it simple for business to work with Irish publicly funded research organisations such as the universities and institutes of technology. A key part of Knowledge Transfer Ireland’s role is to enable companies to innovate their business by providing a range of tools and resources that help identify research experts, research organisations and licensing opportunities available in Ireland, in addition to a range of other supports.

In 2015, over 1,200 companies worked with Irish research organisations in collaborative or contract research programmes and more than 700 collaborative research agreements between industry and research organisations were signed –a 16% increase on the previous year. With the publication of KTI’s Model Collaborative Agreements, the time taken to negotiate such contracts should be greatly reduced, making the process of negotiation more effective.

Alison Campbell, Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland said: “Ireland places great importance on connecting public research and industry for the benefit of society and economy. KTI plays a vital role in advancing this growing activity – it is our aim to support Ireland as an attractive place for industry to access the benefits of working with State funded research and expertise by providing the right framework and resources to make this happen.”

There are two KTI Model Collaborative Agreements available and the KTI Practical Guide to Collaborative Research Agreements contains a decision tree designed to help determine the relevant type of agreement and to understand their different benefits. Together, these documents provide a starting point for swifter negotiation. They are an adjunct to the new national IP Protocol that was developed by KTI and launched by the Government in January of this year, which provides the framework for industry engagement with publicly funded research.

Speaking of the new KTI publications, Karl Flannery Chairman of the KTI Industry Advisory Board and CEO of Storm Technology welcomed the arrival of the publications, “The KTI Practical Guide to Collaborative Research and associated agreements are just the latest in Knowledge Transfer Ireland’s range of helpful resources. These template agreements are grounded in reality, drawing on the experience of the people involved in negotiating research contracts from industry and HEIs. The Practical Guide makes it easier to understand the details of contracting and are certain to make the process of negotiation more straightforward both for business leaders and researchers.”

All of the materials are available to download at

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