Agreements, in general, do not allow for any publication restrictions on the research being funded. However, sponsored proceedings and results may be limited for specific period of time but must ultimately be made available to the general public.
OSP realizes that a lot of industrial sponsorship is born out of a PI’s relationship with the sponsor. If discussions with a potential industrial sponsor reach the point of negotiation (other than technical), we ask that you notify the appropriate OSP personnel. We will provide service and support in negotiating the terms and conditions. As a state entity that is non-profit, there are several terms and conditions that we cannot agree to that are commonly found in agreements with industrial sponsors. It is possible that we may already have a “Master Agreement” in place with the sponsor and, therefore, would not need to negotiate terms. Additionally, many smaller companies do not have a standard agreement and we will advise that they use ours.
Mississippi State University has a standard “generic” research agreement that should be used in all industrial sponsorship. We would prefer to start our negotiations with an industrial sponsor on our own terms and conditions.
There are numerous clauses which the university considers sensitive. Some of these are: Intellectual Property (IP) Rights, Indemnification, Governing Laws and Warranty.
Office of Sponsored Projects will negotiate these and any additional questionable language within the contract.
No, we should never waive overhead for an industrial sponsor. If it is the sponsor’s policy to not pay overhead, then we require a copy of either the sponsor’s policy and/or board minutes identifying such a policy.
If you find that you are in need of additional time to meet the sponsored project goals, then a no cost extension may be warranted. The PI should send the OSP Contracts Administrator his or her request and a justification for why the NCE is necessary. The OSP Contracts Administrator will then contact the sponsor and make the request on behalf of the university.