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Welcome to the Mizzou Contracts Wizard! The information included on this site is intended to provide guidance to MU departments on the contracting process at Mizzou--what offices are involved, who does what, how to get things done.

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Please let us know if your project involves...

  • Money Coming In
    Is the money coming from the Federal Government (either directly or indirectly)?
    Yes   No
    Does your activity involve any of the following: Human subject research, animal use, radioactive materials, recombinant DNA, select agents, restrictions on university’s right to publish or use results, cost-sharing or matching?
    Yes   No
    It is most likely that your project will be managed by OSPA. See http://research.missouri.edu/ospa/staff for contact information.
    Is the money coming in related to any of the following: material transfer,
    A material transfer agreement (MTA) is a contract that governs the transfer of tangible research materials between two organizations which the recipient intends to use for his/her own research purposes. The MTA defines the rights of the provider and the recipient with respect to the materials and any derivatives. Biological materials, such as reagents, cell lines, plasmids, and vectors, are the most frequently transferred materials. (Retrieved 3/12/15, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Material_transfer_agreement)
    patent,
    A patent is a property right, issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office, granted for a qualifying invention. It gives the patent owner "the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale or selling the invention in the US" or "importing" the invention into the United States (Retrieved 3/12/15 from http://www.uspto.gov/patents-getting-started/general-information-concerning-patents#heading-2).
    copyright,
    Copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of "original works of authorship" including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished. The 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to reproduce the copyrighted work, to prepare derivative works, to distribute copies or phonorecords of the copyrighted work, to perform the copyrighted work publicly, or to display the copyrighted work publicly. The copyright protects the form of expression rather than the subject matter of the writing. For example, a description of a machine could be copyrighted, but this would only prevent others from copying the description; it would not prevent others from writing a description of their own or from making and using the machine. Copyrights are registered by the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress. (Retrieved 3/12/15 from http://www.uspto.gov/patents-getting-started/general-information-concerning-patents#heading-2 .)
    publishing rights
    In order to publish someone else’s work, the publisher must acquire the rights from the author of the material, or whomever the rights holder may be.
    or other intellectual property rights?
    Yes   No
    OTMIR is the place you need to be. The OTMIR team helps manage the protection and commercialization of University-owned intellectual property. See http://research.missouri.edu/otmir/staff for contact information.
    Is the money being paid to the University in exchange for goods/services being provided by the University?
    Yes   No
    Does the University unit providing the goods/services have in place a fully-costed rate schedule approved by the campus? MU Division of Finance should be able to help you. See http://businessservices.missouri.edu/about/staff.html for contact information, or you are welcome to call our main line at (573) 882-7254. We’ll help you get the job done right!
    Is the money coming in as a result of a proposal from the university to provide support for teaching, research or service, or in exchange for services being performed by a University unit that does not have a fully-costed rate schedule approved by the campus?
    Yes   No
    OSPA Pre-Award Services Team is happy to assist you with your project. See http://research.missouri.edu/ospa/staff for contact information. You should also visit [link to site] to see if there is an existing University Standard Form Contract which might meet your needs.
    Is the money coming in for the use of University-owned property or equipment?
    Yes   No
    MU Division of Finance normally handles these types of transactions. See http://businessservices.missouri.edu/about/staff.html for contact information, or you are welcome to call our main line at (573) 882-7254. You should also visit [link to site] to see if there is an existing University Standard Form Contract which might meet your needs.
    Is the money intended to be a gift (i.e., no deliverables)?
    Yes   No
    Advancement coordinates activities/documents associated with gifts given to the University. See http://giving.missouri.edu/s/1002/give/staff.aspx?sid=1002&gid=1001&pgid=3600 for contact information and http://giving.missouri.edu/s/1002/give/start.aspx for more information about giving.
    Hmmmm … we think it is time for you to talk to a live person. Please contact MU Division of Finance for assistance. See http://businessservices.missouri.edu/about/staff.html for contact information, or you are welcome to call our main line at (573) 882-7254. We’ll help you get the job done right!
    Please contact OSPA for further information.

  • No Money Involved
    Does the activity involve material transfer, non-disclosure/confidentiality obligations, or permission to use copyrighted material or other intellectual property?
    A material transfer agreement (MTA) is a contract that governs the transfer of tangible research materials between two organizations which the recipient intends to use for his/her own research purposes. The MTA defines the rights of the provider and the recipient with respect to the materials and any derivatives. Biological materials, such as reagents, cell lines, plasmids, and vectors, are the most frequently transferred materials. (Retrieved 3/12/15, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Material_transfer_agreement)

    Yes   No
    OTMIR is the place you need to be. The OTMIR team helps manage the protection and commercialization of University-owned intellectual property. See http://research.missouri.edu/otmir/staff for contact information.
    Does the activity involve shipping equipment to a foreign country, collaborating with foreign colleague(s) in foreign countries, training foreign national(s) in using equipment, or working with a country subject to a U.S. boycott?
    Yes   No
    The Research Compliance staff is here to help navigate the highly technical requirements for export controls. See http://research.missouri.edu/compliance/export_controls/export_about for contact information and more details about export control legislation promulgated by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of State. Most MU research may qualify for an exclusion/exemption from licensing requirements, but you'll need guidance from Research Compliance to make sure. Penalties for non-compliance are severe (up to $1,000,000 per violation and imprisonment up to 10 years)!
    Does your activity involve any of the following: Human subject research, animal use, radioactive materials, recombinant DNA, select agents, restrictions on university's right to publish or use results?
    Yes   No
    It is most likely that your project will be managed by OSPA. See http://research.missouri.edu/ospa/staff for contact information.
    Does the activity involve borrowing equipment or using facilities?
    Yes   No
    MU Division of Finance normally handles these types of transactions. See http://businessservices.missouri.edu/about/staff.html for contact information, or you are welcome to call our main line at (573) 882-7254. You should also visit [link to site] to see if there is an existing University Standard Form Contract which might meet your needs.
    Hmmmm … we think it is time for you to talk to a live person. Please contact MU Division of Finance for assistance. See http://businessservices.missouri.edu/about/staff.html for contact information, or you are welcome to call our main line at (573) 882-7254. We’ll help you get the job done right!