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Research Support Agreement (RSA)

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A Research Support Agreement (RSA) is utilized when two or more parties wish to work on or support a research study and each party is funding their own costs incurred as a result of their work. The RSA is put into place to document the obligations of each party in the collaboration or as these relate to the support activity.  Examples include:

  •  Teaming Agreements: two or more parties are collaborating on preparing a proposal and wish to share potentially confidential information and/or intellectual property
  •  Letters of Intent and Memorandums of Understanding: indicating the intention to pursue a common action.  Document allowing for the outline and/or terms prior to finalization of a more specific project agreement
  • ​Unfunded Collaborations: Similar to a subaward without funding, where both parties are contributing to the project aims, are co-publishing and may potentially co-create IP
  • Drug/Device Donation Agreements: Industry donation of a drug or device without compensation for the purpose of conducting a clinical trial​

The above description is taken directly from Mass General Brigham Research Navigator SharePoint site.

Intended Audience: Any clinical or non-clinical Massachusetts General Hospital employee who is looking to document the obligations of each party when working with two or more parties to support a research study

You must be a Mass General/MGB employee to access the following links

Consulting Triage Instructions

Instructions: Click on the link below, select the correct record type and answer the prompted questions to initiate the agreement process.

Initiate Clinical Research Support Agreement (CRSA)

You can initiate and sign an RSA here

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Founded in 2018, the Center for Innovation in Digital HealthCare serves as catalyst to promote the entrepreneurial and research-minded digital health ecosystem at Massachusetts General Hospital. It provides operational and advisory support to internal innovators and outside industry seeking to collaborate on digital health initiatives.
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Founded in 2018, the Center for Innovation in Digital HealthCare serves as catalyst to promote the entrepreneurial and research-minded digital health ecosystem at Massachusetts General Hospital. It provides operational and advisory support to internal innovators and outside industry seeking to collaborate on digital health initiatives.
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