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MSIP’s Contracts & Licensing Team drafts, negotiates, or otherwise provides support for a variety of agreements for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Mount Sinai Health System. These agreements govern relationships that comprise commercialization activities (such as licensing), sponsored research projects, and academic or industry collaborations. We handle all agreements that transfer, or provide access to, Mount Sinai materials or data, and we will support your work through our drafting and negotiation process. MSIP is the authorized institutional signatory on all agreements enabling these activities.

Agreement types that MSIP’s Contracts & Licensing Team handles include:

  • Collaboration Agreements
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Data Transfer Agreements / Data Use Agreements
  • Inter-Institutional Agreements
  • License Agreements
  • Material Transfer Agreements
  • Sponsored Research Agreements

The first step in obtaining an agreement is to create a new request through the Agreement Portal link on this page. Simply select the agreement type and complete the online form to initiate MSIP review. You can also use the Portal to check the status of previously requested agreements.

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Initiate an agreement request through the MSIP Agreement Portal. Our Contracts & Licensing Team manages and reviews every request.

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MSIP’s Contracts & Licensing Team drafts, negotiates, or otherwise provides support for a variety of agreements for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Mount Sinai Health System. These agreements govern relationships that comprise commercialization activities (such as licensing), sponsored research projects, and academic or industry collaborations. We handle all agreements that transfer, or provide access to, Mount Sinai materials or data, and we will support your work through our drafting and negotiation process. MSIP is the authorized institutional signatory on all agreements enabling these activities.

Agreement types that MSIP’s Contracts & Licensing Team handles include:

  • Collaboration Agreements
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Data Transfer Agreements / Data Use Agreements
  • Inter-Institutional Agreements
  • License Agreements
  • Material Transfer Agreements
  • Sponsored Research Agreements

The first step in obtaining an agreement is to create a new request through the Agreement Portal link on this page. Simply select the agreement type and complete the online form to initiate MSIP review. You can also use the Portal to check the status of previously requested agreements.

Signatures

When we are ready to execute a finalized agreement, MSIP utilizes DocuSign to manage all required Icahn School of Medicine signatures. DocuSign is a user-friendly electronic signature platform that allows for quick and efficient agreement execution on your laptop or phone. Please keep in mind that faculty and/or departmental signatures on their own are not sufficient to legally bind the institution. Agreements that MSIP reviews must be signed by an authorized MSIP Director.

Definitions & Helpful Information

A Collaborative Research Agreement (CRA) is a legal contract between Mount Sinai and one or more organizations, where the parties agree to contribute resources, such as materials, equipment, or specialized expertise, and work together collaboratively to find an answer to a particular research inquiry. A CRA describes the actions that each organization has agreed to undertake, and defines the obligations each party has to the other(s) participating in the collaborative research effort. CRAs are typically unfunded.

Sometimes also referred to as CDAs or Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) a Confidentiality Agreement outlines the rights and responsibilities related to the sharing and use of confidential information, often in connection with potential licensing or sponsored research discussions. CDAs should be executed prior to disclosing specific unpublished information with anyone other than Mount Sinai employees.

A Data Use Agreement (DUA) refers to a legal contract concerning the transfer of human subject data which includes PHI (typically but not exclusively in the form of a Limited Data Set). It is required to obtain satisfactory assurances that the recipient of the Limited Data Set will use or disclose the PHI in the data set only for specified purposes. DUAs are subject to HIPAA regulations and usually require IRB approval.

A Data Transfer Agreement (DTA) is a legal contract governing the transfer of non-human subject data or completely de-identified human subject data. It sets out the related protections, rights, and obligations of both parties and delineates the specific purpose(s) for which the data may be used.

Also known as an IP Management Agreement, an Inter-Institutional Agreement (IIA) is a legal contract to provide for joint management of jointly owned intellectual property. IIAs delineate which party will take the lead on patenting and commercializing the resultant intellectual property as well as how the legal expenses and license revenue will be shared among the institutions that assert the ownership rights to the joint invention(s).

A License Agreement is a legal contract between Mount Sinai and a third party describing the rights and responsibilities related to the use and exploitation of intellectual property. The License may be exclusive, non-exclusive, or a time-limited option, for the defined use, development and/or sale of the patented (pending or issued) and licensed intellectual property. Mount Sinai’s main goal in any License Agreement is to ensure that the technology will be developed by the licensee for the benefit of the public, and if successful, provide a reasonable return to the institution and the inventor(s), while simultaneously ensuring that the agreement complies with both federal and institutional policies. Licensing negotiations are negotiated directly between MSIP and a non-inventor representative of the company in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

Whenever research material is exchanged between Mount Sinai and other institutions or companies, a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is required. An MTA is a legal contract documenting the rights and responsibilities governing the use and exploitation of tangible research materials. These can cover an incoming or outgoing transfer of specialized laboratory animals, chemical compounds, human tissue, and other biological materials for research purposes.

MTAs protect both the researcher’s and Mount Sinai’s interests and the ability to conduct future research related to the material. Where a researcher is receiving material, MSIP will negotiate the MTA to ensure that the provider does not include terms that may restrict the researcher’s academic freedom, assert undue rights of ownership of discoveries, or use indemnification language that may put Mount Sinai at risk.

A Sponsored Research Agreement (SRA) is a legal contract between Mount Sinai and a third party (often a for-profit company) for the purposes of funding and conducting research at Mount Sinai according to the investigator’s design. Proposals inclusive of a statement of work and project budget must be submitted to MSIP Business Development prior to providing to the sponsor.

Note: It is expected that Mount Sinai’s full Facilities and Administrative rate (F&A) (currently, 69.5%) is fully reflected in the budget. F&A costs are neither a profit nor a tax. Acceptance of an SRA without full compensation of Mount Sinai’s F&A costs places the institution at risk by providing research for amounts lower that the true costs incurred, which may be construed as subsidizing a commercial entity, a violation of IRS regulations. In addition, use of an F&A rate lower than that which is charged to the federal government may be seen as benefiting private companies at the government’s expense. For these reasons, reductions or waivers of F&A costs are rarely granted and must receive prior written approval from Stephen Harvey, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. Mount Sinai Health System. If a waiver has been issued, a copy should be forwarded to MSIP for formal inclusion in the file prior to signature.

This is to be distinguished from:

  • A Research Service Agreement, whereby a for-profit company provides funding for the performance of research designed by the company; and
  • Clinical Trial Agreements specific to evaluating products in human subjects trials following a protocol developed by the sponsor (as well as CDAs made in anticipation or otherwise regarding a clinical trial), which are negotiated through Financial Administration of Clinical Trials Services (FACTS) instead of through MSIP.

Contact the Contracts & Licensing Team

MSIP’s Contracts & Licensing Team is here to support you in drafting, negotiating, and executing your IP commercialization and research-enabling agreements. If you wish to undertake an agreement, but are uncertain regarding the agreement’s classification, please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask us.