Are there special considerations when collaborating with U.S. entities?
Yes, U.S. agreements, both with governmental and private industry sponsors, usually contain references to U.S. policies and regulations. Quite often this is by reference only. For example, you may note a reference to the Code of Federal Regulations by number only, e.g. 45CFR76.
Each of these references has legal implications for the university and our researchers beyond the stated terms of the agreement, and need to be identified and thoroughly reviewed by the Contracts Unit. Please note that extra time may be needed for legal consultations and negotiations because these terms may not be applicable under Canadian law. For these files, it is especially important to involve the Contracts Unit as early as possible in the contract development process.
What is the process for having a U.S. research agreement signed?
In general, the process is as set out as for Contracts.