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  • Agreements and Subcontracting

    Multiple Partners offices review and execute research agreements on behalf of the Partners hospitals, and issue outgoing research agreements to all types of entities. The offices are identified bel ow with a brief summary of the agreement types reviewed and services provided by each.

    Only authorized signatories, a Partners official or an SVP of research for the applicable hospital, have the authority to execute research agreements on behalf of the hospitals. Principals Investigators are not authorized as institutional signing officials.

    PIs and their Department Administrators must complete and submit all routing documents and electronic records to Partners before an incoming agreement will be reviewed or an outgoing agreement will be drafted.

    In the event an agreement falls within the scope of responsibilities of multiple offices, one office will take the lead and work with the others to find the appropriate home. 

    Partners Office
    Main ContactResponsibilities
    PHS Research

    Operations and administration for Research Management (RM). RM includes:

    • Pre Award
    • Post Award
    • Research Finance
    Research Management - Post Award

    Brigham and Women’s Hospital: ;

    Massachusetts General Hospital:;

    McLean Hospital:;

    Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital:
    • Negotiates funded research agreements from non-profit and government entities
    • Negotiates Data Use Agreements, unfunded Research Support Agreements, Confidential Disclosure Agreements
      (CDAs) and Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) with non-profit and government entities
    Partners Clinical Trials Office (CTO)​ 
    • Negotiates funded clinical research agreements from for-profit entities
    • Negotiates clinical research CDAs and NDAs incoming from for-profit entities
    • Provides Medicare Coverage Analysis and Medicare device petition support
    Partners Innovation


    • Negotiates funded non-clinical research agreements from for-profit entities
    • Negotiates Material Transfer Agreements
    • Negotiates non-clinical research CDAs and NDAs from for-profit entities​
    • Provides invention commercialization services
    Partners Supply Chain
    • Executes contracts with vendors and suppliers to procure items and/or services, including consultants, data management or lab tests
    Office for Interactions with Industry (OII)
    • Reviews personal consulting agreements received by PIs
    • Negotiates education activity agreements incoming from for-profit entities
    • Reviews conflict disclosures and manages Financial Conflicts of Interest reporting