Please visit the Office of Strategic Alliances and Technology Transfer [website] for the most recent information about working with industrial sponsors.
Sponsored research agreements with foreign sponsors and foreign collaborators may involve special considerations and negotiations.
OSATT is responsible for the negotiation and execution of sponsored agreements involving foreign sponsors and foreign collaborators. They coordinate negotiation with other Institute offices, such as the Technology Licensing Office (TLO), Vice President for Finance (VPF) and the Office of General Counsel (OGC). OSATT keeps the Prinicipal Investigator (PI) and Department, Lab or Center (DLC) informed and engaged during the negotiation process.
Special considerations may include:
- Tax matters – Consultations with the OGC and VPF to assure that award negotiations address all matters of tax obligations and implications
- Research Compliance oversight – special reviews and approvals may be required if research involves human or animal subjects, specifically:
- MIT's Committee on Animal Care (CAC) [website] was established to ensure that all researchers working with animals or making funds available to support other researchers’ work with animals comply with regulations on animal care. To that end, the CAC inspects animals, animal facilities and laboratories, and reviews all research and teaching exercises which involve vertebrate animals or other tissues before activities are performed.
- The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has international guidelines
- Federal mandate (The Common Rule 45 CFR 46) and longstanding MIT policy requires that the Committee on the Use of Humans as Experimental Subjects (COUHES) [website] review and approve ALL research involving human subjects that is performed under the auspices of MIT.
- Compliance with Export Control Regulations
- Intellectual Property rights
- Currency, billing, and accounting – to meet Institute policies and procedures and sponsor requirements
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