What is a contract?
Agreements which contain the following elements are considered contracts:
- Stated work plan/ deliverables
- Clauses outlining obligations of the university / researcher, including such matters as:
- Funding is linked to the provision of deliverables, and may be linked specifically to certain tasks (milestones). Financial reporting is required on the use of funds, often with unspent funds needing to be returned to the sponsor.
What is the difference between a contract and a grant or gift?
Unlike a contract with obligations as outlined above, research supported by a grant is controlled and directed by the Researcher to pursue the research interests of the researcher. In general, they do not:
Intellectual property rights reside with the creator(s) as per Queen's policy. Grant funds are normally received in advance of performing the research. The researcher may be required to provide a report to the granting agency on the work performed.
Gifts for research are a voluntary transfer of cash and in-kind to the University for use by a researcher for the support of research and scholarship. The funds are provided without expectation of return or consideration from the University.
What is the rate of indirect costs (overhead) associated with research contracts?
Please refer to the table located here
Unless otherwise stated in the policy, the rate for research conducted on campus is 40% of total direct costs, and for research that is conducted more than 50% off-site, the rate is reduced to 20% of total direct costs.
Who can sign a research contract?
Contracts are signed by the Director of the Office of Research Services. This is currently Dr. Susan Wood. Often researchers are asked to sign an acknowledgment as well, but they are not authorized to be the only signatory binding the University. Contracts signed only by researcher are not considered valid by the University.
What is the process for having a Contract signed?
In general, the process is as follows:
Amendments to contract follow much the same process as outlined above.