Agreement Types and Templates
Types of International Agreements Subject to this Procedure
UC Davis has approved templates for campus-level Agreements of Cooperation (AOCs) and programmatic or research-related Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs). We encourage the use of pre-approved templates in collaborating with international partners. Please see samples and descriptions of agreement templates below:
Sample Agreement Templates
- Agreement of Cooperation (AOC)
- Student and Faculty Mobility MOU
- Research Focused MOU-General
- Research Focused MOU-Specific
Agreements of Cooperation (AOCs) refer to general, non-binding campus-level agreements for the university to collaborate or cooperate. The UC Davis AOC is a legally non-binding agreement intended to be supplemented with further agreements in the form of additional MOUs (see below) regarding specific collaborations. The UC Davis AOC template may not be modified without approval from Global Affairs and Office of the Campus Counsel.
At UC Davis, the Chancellor and the Vice Provost and Dean - Global Affairs both have delegated authority to enter into Agreements of Cooperation. See the full the International Agreement Proposal and Approval Process for more information.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), or other appropriate further agreements, are general statements of mutual interest to explore opportunities for collaboration and outline the specifics, logistics or details of a particular effort. The UC Davis MOU template agreement is explicitly non-binding, meaning that it does not commit university funds, staff, facilities, or other resources.
At UC Davis, MOUs typically reference the college, school, department, center, or unit, and set forth general plans for collaboration. Global Affairs will determine the appropriate institutional authority to sign the MOU based on the content and the scope of the intended activity.
Other Types of MOUs
General Non-binding International Research MOU (sample) can be used to establish a broad research relationship with another institution with the goal of exploring and identifying possible research collaborations and the intent to subsequently enter into more specific legally binding funded research agreements.
Specific Non-Binding International Research MOU (sample) can be used when a collaborative research area has already been identified, or narrowed, and both institutions want to document their intent to collaborate in a research area with one another. This is often the first step in the process of developing and subsequently entering into legally binding funded research agreements.
Global Affairs can facilitate research MOUs signed by the Office of Research.
We strongly encourage the use of the UC Davis agreement templates only. Using alternate formats will significantly increase the amount of time required to conclude the agreement.
- UC Davis templates that are used with minimal changes to terms are typically processed within 2-4 weeks
- Other templates that are used or that require significant changes are typically processed within 6-20 weeks
Within UC Davis, there are different contracting offices that handle international contracts, depending on the type of contract. For example:
- Sponsored Programs Office is an office within the Office of Research that reviews and submits research proposals, negotiates and accepts awards on behalf of the UC Regents and drafts, negotiates and executes (outgoing) subawards for collaborative research.
- InnovationAccess is also located within the Office of Research, and handles agreements with Intellectual Property, including material and data transfer agreements, patents, and copyrights.
- Health System Contracts is responsible for legally binding bilateral agreements specific to the UC Davis Medical Center, the School of Medicine, and the School of Nursing.
- Business and Revenue Contracts is responsible for reviewing, negotiating, and establishing legal, binding agreements and contracts for the provision of services and service-related transactions.
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