Consulting Agreements

Understanding your consulting agreement


UCSF scientists possess a wealth and breadth of knowledge and expertise in areas that companies would love to access for their own research projects or clinical protocols. Consulting agreements are private agreements between individual UCSF researchers and a company. In your capacity as a consultant, you function as a contract employee of a given company, therefore UCSF scientists enter into consulting agreements in their own individual capacity and not on behalf of the University. As such these agreements do not require the signature of an authorized UCSF representative. However, these agreements must not conflict with the scientist’s commitments to UCSF as his or her employer.

Consulting agreements may also create a conflict of interest and prevent a researcher from participating in certain clinical research activities. The UCSF School of Medicine and the UC Office of the President provide guidelines for consulting to help you understand the implications of taking on this role with a company. 

Some UCSF departments also have their own specific requirements regarding consulting agreements. Check with your department to determine if departmental review is necessary.

ITA is also happy to help you understand what obligations and conflicts you may have under specific consulting arrangements. Reach out to us if you have any questions or need help.