What Contracting Handles

SPS Contracting reviews and negotiates sponsored research related agreements. SPS Contracting consists of two primary groups:

  • Industry Team.
    The industry-focused team within SPS Contracting handles funded research agreements with industry sponsors, including commercial entities, non-profit organization, and foundations. The industry team contract analysts are experts in explaining Purdue’s various alternatives for intellectual property rights, shown under the Industry Contracting Models. The industry team also handles subcontracts from industry sponsors to the university.
  • Federal Team.
    The GIM Team handles grants and awards from federal and state government, including when there is a subaward by another university recipient to Purdue University. This team handles agreements and understandings governing international collaborations. The GIM team also handles “miscellaneous” agreements which cover activities that directly support research for example, equipment loan and transfer agreements, visiting scholar agreements, data use and data transfer agreements, and other similar engagements.

Many agreements are not related to sponsored research and are handled in other parts of the University. Here are some examples:

  • Purchasing of goods, even when the goods are purchased with funds brought into the University under a grant or research agreement. Purchasing agreements are handled by Procurement.
  • Recharge agreements for conferences, services agreements for digital education, facilities use agreements, business associate agreements, student internship and affiliation agreements, study abroad agreements, gifts of software licenses, sponsored student class project agreements, and other non-core agreements detailed here [https://www.purdue.edu/business/sps/contractmgmt/Office_of_Legal_Counsel.html] are handled by the Office of Legal Counsel. Requests should be sent to OLC via their New Matter Intake Form found here:  https://www.purdue.edu/legalcounsel/
  • Agreements for licensing Purdue-owned intellectual property, including commercial evaluation licensing agreements and patent prosecution agreements are handled by Purdue Research Foundation’s Office of Technology Commercialization, which manages the University’s intellectual property assets.

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