Master Agreements may be developed for either research (MRA) or services (MSA) in which a sponsor expects to fund multiple projects with CU Boulder over a period of time. These agreements embody agreed-upon terms and conditions of a basic contractual relationship between CU Boulder and an industry sponsor. These agreements are intended to result in increased efficiency in proposal processing, project award, negotiation, and post-award administration for departments and institutes.

Once a master agreement is in place, an addendum or task order is created for each new project to be awarded under the master agreement. An addendum/task order frequently contains the following for each specific project:

  • Scope of work to be conducted and associated budget
  • Payment obligations and timing
  • Management of the project
  • Staffing of the project
  • Schedules, milestones, and deliverables
  • Co-funding information (if any)
  • Background intellectual property information (if any)
  • Licensing options and considerations

CU Boulder is concentrating efforts to establish master agreements with a variety of partners to help expedite the initiation and funding of research, student and student projects.

Working with Existing Master Agreements

If you are interested in learning more about CU Boulder's existing industry master agreements and/or how you may connect to these sponsors, please contact the OCG Contracts TeamIndustry & Foundation Relations (IFR), or the National Security Initiative (NSI) to be provided with potential opportunities and “matchmaking” based upon your current or planned research portfolio. 

Developing New Master Agreements

Industry sponsors that desire a master agreement or who are potential candidates for a master agreement with CU Boulder should contact Industry & Foundation Relations or the National Security Initiative. IFR and NSI can help researchers facilitate establishing a new industry partnership and connect companies to the services, expertise and capabilities available at CU Boulder.