CU Boulder enters into many types of research agreements with sponsors, including the federal government, foundations, other universities, and industry. These relationships are governed by agreements between the university and the sponsor that define each party’s rights and obligations in the relationship.

Sponsored research agreements, including incoming subcontracts, usually require negotiation between the university and the sponsor, and always require the approval/signature of the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG).

Frequently Used Agreements

Information about the most commonly used types of agreements can be found on the pages listed below and in the navigation at right. 

Federal Grants & Contracts
Master Research Agreements (MRA)
Material Transfer Agreements
Non-Disclosure Agreements
Service Agreements

Additional Resources

Office of Industry Collaboration (OIC) promotes and supports opportunities for engagement between CU Boulder and industry and business. As a central point of contact, OIC connects industry to the services, expertise, and capabilities available at CU Boulder. OIC also assists researchers in navigating through the process of collaborating with industry.

Venture Partners supports CU’s research with expertise in patents, copyrights and licensing. Venture Partners helps translate discovery into impact through intellectual property management services, and connects campus researchers with a variety of commercialization programs in the university and the community.