ORA is responsible for reviewing, negotiating, and executing both funded research agreements (sponsored research contracts, sub-awards) unfunded research agreements (non-disclosure agreements, data use agreements, collaboration agreements, material transfer agreements and more) as well as Institutional Review Board (IRB) related agreements.
Negotiations of terms and conditions of any research agreement should always involve ORA. ORA will consult with the principal investigator, and, as necessary, other administrative offices such as General Counsel, Risk Management, and Procurement. The negotiation process can range from a few days to several months. Please allow time for negotiation, approval and signature in your anticipated project timeline.
The Director of ORA is the authorized signatory on behalf of the University for all research agreements.
Overview of Research Related Agreements
|Type of Agreement||Description|
Sponsored Research Agreement
A Sponsored Research Agreement is a contract between Villanova and a sponsor for the purposes of funding and conducting research. The sponsor may be a for-profit (e.g., private industry) or non-profit (e.g., state or federal government, foundations, etc.)
|Villanova issues a sub-award agreement when another institution is performing part of a project awarded to Villanova. Villanova could also be the recipient of a sub-award agreement from another institution.|
Agreements involving collaborations between Villanova and another organization, without external funding.
Type of Agreement
Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)
|A contract under which a party agrees not to disclose confidential information provided by the other party.|
Data Use Agreement
A Data Use Agreement is used for the transfer of data that is proprietary, or restricted in its use, such as human subject data.
Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)
An MTA documents the permissible uses of tangible research materials transferred into or out of Villanova.
|Collaboration Agreement||An agreement under which research will be conducted by two or more parties but no transfer of funds will occur.|
|Other agreement forms may be appropriate for other collaborative situations. Please discuss with ORA to determine what agreements are necessary for your study.|
Institutional Reveiw Board/Human Subjects Related Agreements
|Type of Agreement||Description|
|Reliance Agreement||A Reliance Agreement is a formal, written document that provides a mechanism for an institution engaged in research to delegate instituional review board (IRB) review to an independent IRB or an IRB of another institution.|
|Independent Investigator Agreement||The Individual Investigator Agreement may be used by an assured institution to extend the applicability of its FWA to cover either collaborating independent investigators or collaborating institutional investigators whose own institution does not have an FWA|
How do I get started?
Unfunded: Any other agreement that is not funded but involves the conduct of collaborative research.
For any other agreements - contact email@example.com to discuss.
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Office of Research Administration
Middleton Hall Rm 1st
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
For general questions, contact ResAdmin@villanova.edu or 610-519-4220.