Research Contracts 18-21 September 2018

This course develops technical knowledge in confidently drafting, interpreting and amending research contracts, whilst building skills to foster strong relationships and consensus with stakeholders for long term impact.

 

Is this course right for me?

The course is for people who deal with collaborative research relationships/partnerships. So it’s likely to be of most value for those who have either just moved into the role or those who wish to develop their role in research contracts (or industry liaison role/business development/IP contracts management roles). They’ll most likely be working in higher education, public sector research organisations such as NHS Trusts R&D support/governance offices, and potentially also in Research Council funding bodies, members of the AMRC community and businesses also. 

Delegates might have experience in Knowledge Exchange (KE), but less knowledge and understanding of the general and specific issues around research contracts

This course is also suitable for:

  • The ARMA and ASTP community
  • Business development professionals who wish to enhance their understanding as to how they may facilitate and enhance the role of the contracts office, research interactions and in brokering/managing strategic relationships between organisations.
  • Those who have attended PraxisAuril’s Essentials of Business Development course might find this to be a valuable next step, especially if they are seeking to understand and develop a greater understanding of what is required for collaborations from a contracts perspective (a good contract works in tandem with good management of the collaboration between the parties and helps in the overall relationship for all parties to achieve impact).

Why should I attend this course?

  • Research contracts – “which are fit for purpose” – are essential to cover all aspects of the relationship in a collaborative project for both those collaborating and also funders (which may or may not be a party to the collaborative partnership).
  • Research contracts between organisations can deliver mutual benefit, enable new outcomes and create considerable benefit for society.
  • There is a requirement for Universities, PSREs – NHS etc., research institutes to put research agreements in place for collaborations – so to be skilled at reviewing, setting up and managing research contracts are key skills to ensure the projects are delivered, understanding how these agreements work enable such agreements to be put in place more efficiently.
  • Creating and managing these (sometimes complex) collaborative relationships between organisations can often prove challenging and frustrating.

What will I learn from the course?

  • That the research contracts you deal with are structured and laid out in a way which is easy to read and understand and which ensures that express terms are enforceable (compliant with the fundamental requirements of contract law in England and Wales. 
  • Understanding of the significance of boilerplate terms and be able to negotiate changes appropriate to individual research contracts. 
  • Be able to critically assess instructions received from a researcher; prepare for a meeting with the researcher; review the proposed deal; to elucidate what further information is required from the researcher.
  • Determine whether a research contract is compliant with charity law and to seek further specialist advice if required.
  • Be able to review a research contract for errors and omissions with confidence.
  • To interpret research contracts with greater confidence and with an awareness of the common pitfalls of interpretation of contracts.
  • Interpret and amend IP clauses within contracts taking into account the impact the clause will have on future uses of the research results and pre-existing materials.
  • An awareness of your own and your institution’s attitude to risk and an ability to be proactive in managing any difference between the two.  (They should be risk aware but not risk averse, and understand that risk can never be fully eliminated; only managed).
  • Awareness of the model agreements available for both academia, clinical and business; and an ability to select and use a model agreement when appropriate
  • Be able to review, negotiate and draft indemnities in research contracts.
  • Be able to take a position in a research contract negotiation;  understand the impact of your position on others; communicate effectively with other departments; be assertive when required, to push the position as needed; gain confidence in influencing skills. 

The course also focuses on networking, providing a valuable platform to meet peers, discuss best practice, and interact with the course team and other contributors.

PLEASE NOTE: There may be a requirement for delegates to undertake some pre-course work/reading before the course begins.

What makes this course different to others available in the sector?

PraxisAuril is able to deliver this training from the unique perspective of KE practitioners. We see the world from the same angle as you do!

We draw on a wide pool of experience and expertise from within the profession and build them into the course content, ensuring we are always delivering up to date, sector leading training and development.

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20% discount on group bookings

Make a 20% saving on course fees by registering five or more delegates from your organisation for this event.

The course fee includes:

  • Attendance at all lectures and workshops
  • Training and reference materials (electronic or otherwise)
  • Registration event (including buffet dinner & drinks*) on Tuesday 18 September 2018
  • Networking event (including buffet dinner & drinks*) on Wednesday 19 September 2018
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch every day

* Please note that there is no reduction in the course fee if you choose not to attend the evening events.

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Trainers

18 September 2018 6:30 PM   to   21 September 2018 2:00 PM
Burleigh Court
Loughborough University
West Park
Loughborough, LEC LE11-3GR
United Kingdom
Phone: 01223 659951
Email:
Research Contracts
Course Fee £ 1175.00
Course Fee with Member Discount £ 1045.00
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Course Director

Dr. David Brownlee

David Brownlee is the Innovation Advisor for Health and Social Care (HSC) in N. Ireland, where he heads up the HSC Innovations regional service. David graduated with First Class honours and a PhD from Queens University, Belfast in the early 90’s. After a period of Medical Research Council funded post-doctoral research, he then moved into technology transfer at the University of Southampton, subsequently consolidating these skills at the University of Ulster, prior to taking up the current position of Innovation Advisor within the N. Ireland Health Service.
Over the past 10 years in HSC, he has been responsible for amongst other things; the creation and delivery of the "Supporting Innovation in the HSC “framework project, the roll-out and adoption of the Innovation Policy for HSC, securing funding for and development of the infrastructure of HSC Innovations as a regional service; and managing and commercialising a pipeline of varied technologies in the healthcare arena.
Within the technology transfer arena David is involved in all aspects of the innovation process, as well as strategic management of technology portfolios. His interests include knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC), intellectual asset management, research translation, assessing value (savings) of the introduction of healthcare technologies, technology management and innovation strategy.
He has served on the Life and Health Sciences Horizon Panel of MATRIX (the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel which advises Government on the commercial exploitation of R&D and science and technology), NIHR-MRC Working Group for model agreements, Government led study to examine ways to maximise the commercial and economic Impact of the Northern Ireland publicly funded research base, steering committee of the £25k (now INVENT) Entrepreneurship competition, and on various assessment panels including Knowledge Exchange and SBRI. David is also on the professional development committee of PraxisAuril, a world leading national professional association for public sector KEC practitioners - that drives the commercialisation of academic and public sector research for social and economic impact. He represents HSC in this important area of Innovation within the healthcare environment both nationally and internationally.

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