University of Southern California


Master Agreements

Master Agreements are agreements that embody agreed-upon terms and conditions of a basic relationship between the University and a sponsor.

Once a Master Agreement is in place, an “addendum” or “study letter” is typically generated for each new study to be done under the Master Agreement. The Addendum sets forth the items particular to a certain study such as dollar amount, protocol name, and principal investigator. These Addenda are “attached” to the Master Agreement. This alleviates the need to negotiate the main terms of the agreement, as the majority of the terms are agreed upon and only the particulars need to be negotiated.

We currently have many Master Agreements in place and are working on several more. When dealing with the following sponsors, please inform them to use our Master Agreement: