Lambert Toolkit

Who is this for?

The Lambert working group has created this toolkit to assist academic or research institutions and industrial partners who wish to carry out research projects together.

What's available?

The toolkit consists of model agreements for dual party or multi party collaboration.

Included is a decision guide, heads of term, variation agreements and guidance notes. The objectives of the toolkit are to:

1.facilitate negotiations between potential partners;

2.reduce the time, money and effort required to secure agreement;

3.provide examples of best practice.

University and business collaboration agreements 


A set of model agreements and support material for their usage.  

Model research collaboration agreements

The 7 model research collaboration agreements cover one to one projects. Each provides a different approach on who is to own, and exploit, the IP in the results or outcome of the project. The model agreements are starting points and their use is not compulsory. You should decide which of the 7 approaches is most suitable and negotiate with the other party before work on the project begins. None of the 7 research collaboration agreements deals with the joint ownership of IP. For examples of joint ownership clauses, see model consortium agreement A.  

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Model consortium agreements

There are 4 model consortium agreements, for use where more than 2 parties are collaborating.The consortium agreements cannot cover all the circumstances that might arise between academic and research institutions and industrial partners in carrying out research. They illustrate terms that might apply in four possible scenarios. You should negotiate with the other parties to achieve consensus and a signed agreement before work on the project begins. Consortium agreements B and C were drafted for use with Innovate UK’s Collaborative R&D Programme. With a few changes, they may be adapted for other circumstances.

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Fast track model agreement

A fast track model agreement was produced by Public Health England to evaluate potential treatment options for Ebola and Zika very rapidly and to share the results with stakeholders for a coordinated global response. Following consultations, it is now available as a model agreement that may be adapted for any crisis affecting the health of people, animals and/or the environment.

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Lambert Toolkit

A set of model agreements and a guide for university to business research collaboration.