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In the life of a research project, contracts agreements may be necessary in situations such as when there is a speaking engagement, a transfer of non-proprietary biological materials, collaboartions with outside entitites, and licensing, among others. When private entities or other organizations want to sponsor research at UH, agreements are used to reflect the mutual interests of and benefits to the sponsor and the University.

The Division of Research, Office of Contracts and Grants reviews and executes these agreements as well as ancillary agreements, such as Confidentiality Agreements and Material Transfer Agreements.

The language of the agreements is structured to reflect the multiple missions of the University (instruction, research and public service) in a manner consistent with its status as a public, tax-exempt, educational institution. Two contracts officers with juris doctorate degrees assist the Office of Contracts and Grants in negotiating agreements.