Untangling the Memorandum of Understanding

A “contract” is a legally binding agreement that obligates parties to do or not do something.  It can be verbal or written, short or long, formal or informal, general or detailed.  It can fall under a variety of names (agreement, purchase order, letter of intent/commitment/authorization, award, grant) and a spectrum of possible remedies.  Regardless of its name, though, a contract should, at a minimum, identify the parties, the subject, and the “consideration” (motive or inducement); have mutual obligations; and evidence mutual agreement.

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TBT: Background Intellectual Property

[Our ‘ThrowbackThursday’ posts are previously-published entries that touch on an issue, or issues, about which we’re frequently receiving questions from faculty and staff.  In this installment, we’ll be looking at the topic of Background Intellectual Property, which is an important consideration in virtually every sponsored research agreement.]

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So. . .Who Are You Guys, Anyway?

As we mentioned in last week’s introduction, Johns Hopkins University Research Administration (JHURA) came about through the merging of several sponsored project offices within Johns Hopkins University. JHURA identifies opportunities and partnerships, facilitates the submission of sponsored project proposals on behalf of JHU, negotiates and executes agreements, provides coordinated advice and guidance regarding applicable rules and regulations, and assists faculty, staff, and students in proper stewardship of the University’s sponsored projects.

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