CUNY collaborates with numerous research partners, including other academic institutions, industry partners, and non-profit organizations, to perform both funded and unfunded research activities. This chapter defines various types of research agreements. Signatory authorities for each of the agreements are defined in the Signatory Authority for Research-related Agreements memorandum and webpage.
As part of research or licensing activities, it may be necessary for CUNY to exchange proprietary information or materials with non-CUNY organizations. This exchange is generally limited to information or materials relating to unpublished research, or inventions that are yet to be patented. Such exchange of proprietary information or materials must be formalized in an agreement that defines who has ownership rights to the information and materials being exchanged, and how the information or materials will be used and protected. The most common type of agreements used for this purpose are described here.