This brief, but extremely helpful, document was prepared by the National Institutes of Health Office of the Ombudsman.
It offers many useful guiding questions to help craft a "prenuptial agreement" among scientists who are embarking on, or involved in, a team science collaboration. These agreements can help establish mutual understanding around issues such as length of collaboration, expected contributions, anticipated products, and authorship, among others.
Examples of questions provided to help investigators discuss a potential collaboration include --
What are the expected contributions of each participant?
Who will write any progress reports and final reports?
How will you decide about redirecting the research agenda as discoveries are made?
What will be your mechanism for routine communications among members of the research team (to ensure that all appropriate members of the team are kept fully informed of relevant issues)?
What will be the criteria and the process for assigning authorship and credit?
When and how will you handle intellectual property and patent applications?
How and by whom will data be managed? How will access to data be managed? How will you handle long-term storage and access to data after the project is complete?
Is this tool available publicly? Yes - free
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By Francisco Buchting
Good document to use with others. Nice template.
I've used this before and it was very useful.
By Sarena Seifer
This was a great prenuptual agreement - I would recommend it for people getting married
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