Forms of collaboration

The starting point for negotiating an agreement or contract is to define the project's scientific and technical requirements (objectives, tasks, timescale, budgets, publications, ownership of results, etc.). Based on these pre-agreement principles, one of the parties (the University of Navarra or the sponsor) will propose a model or draft agreement, which will be amended until a point of compromise or acceptance is reached by both parties. Any legal terminology in the agreement or contract will be negotiated by the personnel at the Contract Management Department.

The most common contractual arrangements are:

  • Framework agreements

    These are documents consisting of a declaration of intent for future collaborations in different fields and forms. They establish the general conditions for cooperation and planning of activities.


    They do not imply commitment or payment; each activity that arises under the agreement is regulated by specific agreements.



  • Research and technological development agreements

    These consist of the development of an R&D project at the request of a company or public body.


    The project is carried out based on intended objectives, with a work plan, specific financial conditions and a defined research team. In such agreements, the main obligation of the researcher is not to achieve a specific result, but to carry out an activity.



  • Service agreements

    These consist of carrying out analyses, tests, reports and other systematized work.


    These include objectives, a work plan, financial conditions, a timescale and, basically, they regulate the conditions for undertaking a very specific project.


  • Consultancy agreements

    These consist of advice, opinions or assessments provided by a specialist researcher in the field regarding a subject proposed by a company.


    They may be offered as one-off projects with different durations, or as regular services.


  • Confidentiality agreements

    When it is necessary during pre-agreement negotiations to disclose to the other party any technical issue to provide an understanding of the scope of the agreement, but such information may be compromised because of a risk of improper use, it is necessary to sign a confidentiality agreement.


    This establishes the conditions under which unpublished information that requires to be kept private or confidential is shared. The owner of the information may be one of the two or more parties signing the agreement.


  • Material transfer agreements (MTA)

    Agreement for the assignment or transfer of a material provided by one party to the other, often for free, that sets out the conditions under which the material is provided.


  • Licencia de Patentes

    Este tipo de contratos tiene por objeto fijar las condiciones de uso, fabricación y/o explotación de productos o procedimientos protegidos mediante patentes, generalmente a cambio de una contraprestación económica en forma de royalties, etc.

Valorización y transferencia

Xavier Tapias Mateu
Resp. de Valorización y Transferencia

General contact:
Edificio Muga
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+34 948 176 748 (Ext: 83 2149)