Contracts and intellectual property


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We use standard Department of Health contracts, which can be viewed by research programme below. The contracts cannot be amended in any way. Once the project team have identified a realistic start date and there is a finalised and signed proposal it takes approximately one week to issue the contract. Once returned, the contract will be signed by the Department of Health and returned to the institution within a couple of weeks.

If you have any questions about contracts, including delays, re-costing or moving institution, please contact your programme.

For universities (pdf, 136.21 KB) 
For NHS bodies (pdf, 137.9 KB)
For other organisations (pdf, 137.81 KB)
For research councils and other government agencies (pdf, 134.6 KB)


For universities (pdf, 135.38 KB) 
For NHS bodies (pdf, 137.75 KB)
For other organisations (pdf, 150.8 KB)
For research councils and other government agencies (pdf, 134.24 KB)


For Higher Education Institutions/HEIs (pdf) 
For NHS bodies (pdf)
For commercial organisations (pdf)


Programme Development Grants (pdf) 
Programme Grants for Applied Research (pdf)
Research for Patient Benefit (pdf)

The key documents identified in the contract are the proposal, project details, funding schedule and key staff list.


Intellectual Property

Our mission is to improve the health and wealth of the nation and this includes through the funding of excellent research.

In common with other research funding organisations, we need to be confident that the outcomes of that research will make it through to delivering benefit.

We recognise the key role of Intellectual Property (IP) assets in driving innovation as well as the importance of a range of associated activities such as fostering a culture of invention through to collaborating with industry.

We have a responsibility to ensure that the NIHR, NHS and broader public sector have the best chance of realising benefits and achieving impact and that the IP generated from NIHR funding is secured within an appropriate legal, contractual environment to facilitate benefit realisation for patients. 

We have developed an FAQ on IP for researchers funded and training can be arranged on IP and its role and purpose within the NHS and university research settings. 

If you have any further questions, please contact: