The next part of a research cooperation agreement is the general provisions. This is the part of the agreement that covers the mode of cooperation and provides a mechanistic orientation to the scientists of the institute and the company as well as to the leaders. Normally, an institution or business has a set of standardized general provisions that have been audited by its lawyer and can serve as a starting point for the negotiation of agreements. Anyone studying this chapter should consider developing such submission agreements. In the process of developing such types of agreements, a person can often begin to fully understand what points are negotiable and what legal provisions are prescribed by organizational policy or law. At the same time, collaborative research agreements should be as user-friendly as possible and avoid unnecessary provisions. The working statement contains scientific objectives, methods and approaches. It should be subdivided into subsections, with each section explaining what «Partner A» will do and what «Partner B» will do, specifying the timelines and benchmarks. For information provided by one of the parties before or outside the scope of the Agreement, you may find it useful to use the terms usually contained in a confidentiality or confidentiality agreement.

Like any confidentiality agreement, these clauses should set a time limit for the information to remain confidential. Typically, these deadlines are between two and five years after the end of the cooperation or from the date the information is generated. If the parties have a confidentiality or confidentiality agreement signed earlier, this document may simply be mentioned in the cooperation seeking agreement or the cooperation seeking agreement may indicate that it replaces the confidentiality agreement. The extent of financial assistance needs to be carefully considered. If, for example, scientists research the Sea and look for disease-resistant technology, it is possible that the technology will also be applied to other plants. Therefore, the collaborative research agreement should be clear that the grant applies only to a sea licence (or another agreed subset of plants). This will be a key point in the negotiation of the agreement. Normally, one party will want a very broad allocation of rights and the other party will continue to try to reduce the subsidy. The first part of the cooperation agreement is commonly referred to as a declaration of objectives. This explains the overall attitude of the agreement.