What Contracting Handles

Contracting administers agreements, usually funded, related to sponsored research activity, engagement and instruction. Contracting’s three groups handle the following:

  • Industrial Team.
    The Industrial Team handles research agreements with industrial sponsors, including private sponsors and nonprofit sponsors such as foundations. The Industrial Team analysts are experts in explaining Purdue’s various alternatives for intellectual property rights, shown under the Industry Contracting Models. The Industrial Team also handles subcontracts from industrial sponsors to the university, material transfer agreements, and confidentiality agreements.
  • Government/International/Miscellany 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.
  • Strategic Contracts Group
    The Strategic Contracts Group, formed in 2017, will handle industrial and governmental agreements that are either complex and/or are with a Purdue Strategic Partner. These include master agreements, strategic memoranda of understanding, research agreements with complex intellectual property issues, consortium agreements, and some complex federal agreements, such as intellectual property management plans and partnership intermediary agreements. The group will have two Lead Analysts, who act as leaders to shepherd the agreement through Purdue’s processes.

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. These are handled by the Office of Legal Counsel. Requests should be sent to legalcounsel@purdue.edu
  • Agreements for licensing Purdue-owned intellectual property, including commercial evaluation licensing agreements, and patent prosecution agreements are handled by Purdue Research Foundation/Office of Technology Commercialization, which manages the University’s intellectual property assets.

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