The Office of Research Administration reviews many different types of research contracts and agreements. Some of these are listed below.

Types of Contracts

An Award Agreement (AWA) governs the transfer of grants or awards (including sub-awards) from industry and non-industry parties, government agencies (i.e. CIHR), and from one institution to another. Kindly click here to submit a request to draft or review an AWA.

Please note, prior to submitting an AWA for outgoing funds, an Activity Approval for Outgoing Sub-awards Form must be submitted to the appropriate Research Finance Analyst (RFA). If you do not know who your RFA is, please click here.

A Clinical Study Agreement (CSA) governs research that involves testing experimental drugs or medical devices on human participants or conducting observational studies and chart reviews. CSAs can include investigator-initiated studies, industry sponsored studies, multi-site studies, and inter-institutional collaborations. Kindly click here to submit a request to draft or review a CSA.

Please note if Unity Health Toronto is the lead study site, a separate CSA submission is required for each sub-site.

A Confidentiality or Non-Disclosure Agreement (CDA) governs the exchange of proprietary, confidential information between two or more parties.

CDAs outline confidential material, knowledge, know-how or information (e.g. study protocol) being shared between the parties. CDAs are in place to protect such information and prevent its disclosure to third parties. Kindly click here to submit a request to draft or review a CDA.

A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) governs the transfer of tangible, non-human research materials between the provider and the recipient of the material. Examples of material may include: viruses, mice, or plasma.

A MTA is not used for the transfer of human biological samples. If you are sending or receiving human biological samples, please submit a request to review a Privacy Agreement (PRA).

Please note that the provider of the material is responsible for ensuring that a MTA is in place before materials can be transferred. Kindly click here to submit a request to draft or review a MTA.

A Basic Science Agreement (BSA) governs non-human research including literature reviews, surveys, animal studies, and wet/dry bench research. Kindly click here to submit a request to draft or review a BSA.

A Privacy Agreement (PRA) governs the transfer of any personal information, personal health information (which includes de-identified data), and/or human biological samples that are sent to or from Unity Health Toronto for research purposes only.

If Unity Health Toronto is collecting or generating data/samples as part of an external party’s study (e.g. by way of recruitment activities or blood collection), please submit a request to review a Clinical Study Agreement instead.

Please note that the provider of the data/samples is responsible for ensuring that a PRA is in place before data/samples can be transferred. Kindly click here to submit a request to draft or review a PRA.

A Service Provider Agreement (SPA) governs the performance of services between Unity Health Toronto and an external party, whether we are providing or procuring services.  Kindly click here to submit a request to draft or review a SPA.

Please note when submitting a SPA for purchasing services, an Activity Approval for SPAs Form must be submitted to the appropriate Research Finance Analyst (RFA). If you do not know who your RFA is, please click here.

Please note when purchasing services over $24,999.99, kindly refer to procurement directives prior to submitting your request to draft or review a SPA.

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