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UCSF's Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) has laid a foundation of resources to support the needs of scientists who wish to collaborate. We understand that successful collaboration must be based on a legal and contractual foundation that allows the engaged parties to interact freely.
Make Your Collaboration Official
If you are looking to make your collaborative interactions "official," — e.g., with a collaborative research agreement, business contract or sponsored agreement — Government and Business Contracts provides the subject matter expertise to assist you with these contractual services and resources.
Visit the Make It Official page to find the prerequisites for working together.
For Industry Contracts, visit the Office of Innovation, Technology & Alliances (ITA).
Build Your Team
It's becoming increasingly critical for successful collaborative teams to have been brainstorming, planning, and working together — even before funding opportunities arise. Teams that do are poised to take advantage of opportunities that surface, such as new federal grant offerings. They also can develop novel opportunities by creating, for instance, donor or industry-partner proposals.
With UCSF research distributed across several campuses, it's important that OSR supports intramural collaborations with strong internal leadership and appropriate human resource management, as well as reliable project management. Similarly, given the complex and interdisciplinary nature of today's research landscape, it is also critical that OSR facilitates collaborations among individuals across different research institutions.
The Building Teams for Innovative Research (BTIR) Program of the Research Development Office (RDO) provides several services and programs to facilitate and foster research collaboration efforts, such as brainstorming and research workshops