Standard agreements

The Research Contracts & Agreements team helps you enter into agreements on behalf of the university and is responsible for negotiating and managing these agreements.

We offer a series of user-friendly standard agreements that facilitate government and industry access to our broad range of technologies and academic expertise. These agreements incorporate our preferred terms and conditions, and are designed to expedite the process of negotiating agreements with commercial partners.

Get a contract or agreement

If you are providing research, testing or consulting services to an external party you will need to complete the Service Request form to obtain a bespoke contract or agreement.

Agreement type Description Downloads
Material Transfer (MTA) There are two kinds of material transfer agreements (MTA): incoming, and outbound. They govern the transfer of materials between the university and other parties for the purposes of research or evaluation.

Outgoing MTA request form (DOC)

Incoming MTA request form (DOC)

Consultancy Consultancy services may include, but are not limited to; analysis and advisory services, the development and delivery of specialised training materials, literature reviews and report production.  Share a sample Consultancy Agreement (PDF) with your external party as an indication of the final agreement.
Testing Testing services typically involve the use of our staff and equipment, machinery or instruments to perform standardised tests for an external party. Share a sample Testing Services Agreement (PDF) with your external party as an indication of the final agreement.
Research Research agreements by contract provide external parties an opportunity to access our unique research facilities and expertise. Research projects by contract generally relate to applied research and may include process and/or technology development. Share a sample Research Agreement (PDF) with your external party as an indication of the final agreement.
Confidentiality Our standard "outgoing" Confidentiality Agreement is used when we disclose our confidential information to another party. Share a sample Confidentiality Agreement (PDF) with your external party as an indication of the final agreement.
ARC Linkage The Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects Scheme offers a unique opportunity for organisations to engage with universities to undertake research projects likely to benefit Australian industry and communities. The university and partner organisation must enter into an agreement before any grant funds can be expended. Share a sample ARC Linkage Project Agreement (PDF) with your external party as an indication of the final agreement.
Student IP assignment We help our students engage with industry and government as part of their education and skills development. Industry-based project placements usually require that the students comply with certain obligations placed on them and the university. Share a sample Student IP Agreement (PDF) with your external party as an indication of the final agreement.
Visitor Visiting researchers involved in research projects of mutual interest must have an agreement that addresses issues such as confidentiality, ownership of intellectual property and compliance with University of Sydney rules and policies. Share a sample Visitor Agreement (PDF) with your external party as an indication of the final agreement.

Research Proposal Clearance Form (RPCF)

Every application for funding for a research grant must be accompanied by a completed Research Proposal Clearance Form (RPCF)

Head of School research checklist

If you are providing research services, please complete the Head of School Checklist (XLSX) and ensure it is signed by the Researcher, Head of School, and School Finance Officer. Submit your completed checklist to the Manager, Research Grants and Contracts.