Research Agreements

GRDC reviews its standard Research Agreements as part of a program of continuous improvement.  GRDC will continue to review the Research Agreements regularly and will release new versions if there are significant changes in legislation or policy.

GRDC Standard Research Agreement (Two Party) 2020 Version 1

Release Date: January 2020

Summary Of Changes From 2019 Research Agreement

GRDC has made minor changes to its Standard Research Agreement. The table below provides a summary of the key changes from the 2019 version to the current version of the Standard Research Agreement. The key changes are related to GRDC’s defined terms, correction of cross-references and the removal of Schedule 3 Commercialisation Terms giving parties flexibility to negotiate terms relevant to each Project.

Details of the changes in each area are set out below with a reference to the relevant clauses in both the 2020 and 2019 versions of the Standard Research Agreement. This table is for information only and does not affect interpretation of the Research Agreement.

2020 clause reference

2019 clause reference

Details of the changes

1.1

1.1

Minor changes to defined terms e.g. Commercialisation includes Commercialised; inclusion of “trade secrets” and “know how” in definition of Intellectual Property, Definition of Liability removed – not used; Project Outcome linked to item in Schedule

4.5

4.5

Clarification of when Confidential Information can be disclosed e.g. as required by law.

5.3

5.3

Clarification that personnel with key roles are from the Research Organisation

 

7.5

Removal of clauses relating to repayment of Research Funds. This is not required with the use of Milestone Payments.

9.4(e)

9.4(e)

Amended to reflect the removal of Schedule 3 – Commercialisation Terms

9.10(d)

9.10(d)

Amended to allow GRDC to provide additional attribution requirements on certain projects.

17.3(b)(i) & (c)(ii) & (iii)

17.3(b)(i) & (c)(ii) & (iii)

Replaced Project Aims with Project Outcomes.

 

Sch 3

Removed schedule 3 – Commercialisation Terms to allow flexibility for the parties to agree terms in writing relevant to the project.

The standard 2020 GRDC Research Agreements

Queries/Contacts

If you have any questions in relation to interpreting the changes to these agreements please email  GRDC’s General Counsel Legal@grdc.com.au.

General enquiries relating to ongoing or proposed projects, should be directed to the GRDC Contact Person specified in the Project Details or via the Grains Investment Portal at https://access.grdc.com.au