Sponsored Research Agreement
(Collaborative Research) (Jointly Owned Intellectual Property)


This template is a Sponsored Research Agreement where the invention of jointly created IP is expected. The agreement contains terms and conditions applicable when working with a university or national laboratory, including patent prosecution and licensing terms, budget, right to publish, indemnification, and internal-use rights/government march-in rights. This template includes practical guidance, drafting notes, and alternate clauses. This agreement is a model university sponsored research agreement, but the drafting notes contain insight for similar terms that would be found when working with a national laboratory. Most institutions are unlikely to use forms drafted by sponsoring companies so use this template as a guide to common issues and typical terms. For a more detailed discussion on technology transfer deals with an institution, see Technology Transfer with a University or National Laboratory.