STFC expects collaborative research, either in the form of the joint pursuit of research with industry e.g. through IPS, or between similar organisations to be put on a formal footing, for example, through a collaboration and/or exploitation agreement.
STFC will not contribute to negotiating exploitation agreements for collaborative research but will require an assurance that an agreement, acceptable to all parties, exists before the research begins.
Arrangements for collaboration and/or exploitation must not prevent the future progression of research and the dissemination of research results in accordance with academic custom and practice and the RCUK policy on Open Access.
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