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Research contracts

Welcome to Research Contracts

The Research Contracts Team are responsible for drafting and negotiating the legal contracts for research at University of Reading. This includes everything from multi-million pound grant agreements and consortiums to studentships, non-disclosure agreements and consultancies carried out by academic staff.

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Setting up a new contract

The first step is to contact the Contracts Manager for the school or category, who will aid in the drafting, review and negotiation of the contract with the research partners. Contract Managers will also confirm and sign agreements on behalf of the researcher.


The glossary contains key contract terms and agreement types which can be associated with research at the University.


When setting up a new contract it is important to ensure all relevant information has been gathered. To enable a smooth process to get the contract prepared and signed off, the checklist and various other links relevant here will assist in getting your project ready.

Frequently asked questions

Research contracts can be very complex. We have prepared a list of commonly asked questions to address the more frequent questions which are raised. If these do not answer your question, please get in touch.


The Contracts Team can assist in preparing the contracts for research projects. The team members for each of the schools and categories are presented in the link here. Please contact the associated Contracts Manager to your school or function who will provide all assistance going forward.