An important part of the IP provision is what the agreement actually promises with respect to licensing or “subsidy.” Normally, the parties enter into a research cooperation agreement in order to gain access to the discoveries resulting from the cooperation project. Another point to consider is the quantification of the work to be done. It may not be necessary to use exact numbers (for example. B the types and replications of an experiment or the number of test tubes you will use), but insert general instructions on the size and extent of collaborative research. If you do z.B a feeding study and use 30 mice per replication, indicate it in the agreement. Both parties will be aware of the magnitude of the types of data to be generated and the importance of the resources needed for their share of work. Researchers often think they understand what the other has in mind, but without written descriptions, these hypotheses often lead to misunderstandings. For example, if an Institute researcher says that he or she will “test” a new variety, he or she may have in mind a half-hectare plot needed to produce enough plants for publication, while the agricultural scientist has 100 hectares in mind. So be as clear as possible about the size or number of replications and other quantifiable aspects in the work instructions. The fourth part of a well-written cooperation research agreement is the budget. There is a tendency to view this as the most important part, as it documents the funding that the parties contribute. However, this is an inappropriate emphasis. While public sector agricultural research is grossly underfunded and, therefore, the funds obtained by cooperation partners have an extremely important place in the overall research budget, collaborative research should never be seen primarily as an opportunity for revenue growth.
Cooperation is much more than that. The focus solely on research funding misses the use of the agreement as a means of transferring technology and a means of creating an intellectual synergy that could be formed when researchers work together.