Office of Partnerships and Innovation

Research Contracts Unit


The Office of Partnerships and Innovation Research Contracts Unit is responsible for the central review, drafting, negotiation, and authorization for signature of research-related agreements with sponsors, collaborators and partners for Queen's University. The review process ensures that terms of proposed research agreements are in accordance with university policies such as publication rights, intellectual property ownership, conflict of interest, and indirect costs. The Unit provides project and relationship management support, as appropriate, during the life of the research contract.

Prior to the review of all research contracts/agreements by the Research Contracts Unit, researchers are required to have the appropriate administrative approvals (from Department Heads, for example) in place. To obtain these approvals, researchers must submit a request/application through the Researcher Portal for TRAQ. Please submit this application as early as possible to avoid delays in the approval and review processes, and establishment of your research projects and accounts​.

Researchers may wish to encourage sponsors to use one of our preapproved templates as this will ensure that the contract/agreement will be processed and executed in the shortest possible time. 

TRAQ FAQs and Information

Research contracts/agreements are signed on behalf of Queen’s University by the Vice-Principal (Research) delegate, typically the Director of Industry Partnerships and Innovation Park.  

If you would like to learn more about the Research Contacts Unit and its services, please click on the links provided in the side bar (left) and-or contact the Research Contacts Unit.