Sponsored research agreements with foreign sponsors and foreign collaborators may involve special considerations and negotiations.
OSP is responsible for the negotiation and execution of sponsored agreements involving foreign sponsors and foreign collaborators. As required, OSP coordinates its negotiation with other Institute offices, such as the Technology Licensing Office (TLO), Office of Major Agreements (OMA), Vice President for Finance (VPF) and the Office of General Counsel (OGC). OSP keeps the Prinicipal Investigator (PI) and Department, Lab or Center (DLC) informed and engaged during the negotiation process.
Special considerations may include:
- Tax matters – OSP will consult with the OGC and VPF to assure that award negotiations address all matters of tax obligations and implications
- Research Compliance oversight – special reviews and approvals may be required if research involves human or animal subjects, specifically:
- MIT's Committee on Animal Care (CAC) was established to ensure that all researchers working with animals or making funds available to support other researchers’ work with animals comply with regulations on animal care. To that end, the CAC inspects animals, animal facilities and laboratories, and reviews all research and teaching exercises which involve vertebrate animals or other tissues before activities are performed.
- The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has international guidelines
- Federal mandate (The Common Rule 45 CFR 46) and longstanding MIT policy requires that the Committee on the Use of Humans as Experimental Subjects (COUHES) review and approve ALL research involving human subjects that is performed under the auspices of MIT.
- Compliance with Export Control Regulations
- Intellectual Property rights
- Currency, billing, and accounting – to meet Institute policies and procedures and sponsor requirements