Step 1. Preparation

Funders and collaborators usually require a contract for a research project, which defines respective rights, obligations, timelines and budget. Firstly, you need to identify  a collaborative partner or funding body, assess any risks and understand what type of agreement is important in your case. 

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  • Identify what should be included in your contract and why
  • Identify appropriate type of collaboration and agreement
  • Discuss risks in choice of collaborative partner or financing organisation:
    • Is the collaborator appropriate?
    • Companies in which researchers have interests might have weak economies and thus unstable legal system
  • Identify potential conflicts of interest:
  • Identify Principal Investigator and researchers involved (affiliated, consultants, students, PhD students)