Prepare a contract

This page will provide definitions and process for the varying types of contracts the University regularly executes.

If you are unsure what type of contract you may require, please review the below table of activities to determine what type of contract may be required.

Types of contracts

What do you want to do?

Type of Contract Required

Buy a service

Fee for Service Contract

Buy a good

Discuss with Procurement Services

UPEI providing a service to a third party

Service Contract

Research-related activities and funding

Please go to Research Contract for more information, including types of research contracts.

Receive Funding from an external organization

Assignment an employee from an organization to UPEI (or vice versa) for a specific period of time

Secondment Agreement

If the proposed activity is not listed above or you are unsure of how to classify your activity, please contact the Risk Management Office to discuss what you are trying to accomplish and we will do our best to assist you. 


Fee for Service Contracts
Service Contracts
Research Contracts
Funding Agreements
Secondment Contracts
MOU and Other Contracts

Fee for Service Contract

An agreement with the University where a business, individual or agency agrees to provide a service to the University in return for monetary compensation. The contract describes in detail the nature, duration, and description of the services provided as well as compensation for the services.

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Service Contracts

An agreement in which UPEI is contracted to provide a service for an individual, business or agency, and in return, UPEI will receive monetary compensation.

Next steps:

  • Have you consulted with your academic or administrative head regarding overhead?​​
  • Does your unit have a standard service contact template approved by the Risk Management Office?

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Research Contracts

There are various types of research agreements. Research Services can assist in selecting and drafting/reviewing an appropriate agreement. Several common research agreements are:

  • Collaborative Research Agreement
  • Research Service Contract
  • Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) 
  • Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)
  • Confidentiality Agreement

Go to Research Contracts

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Funding Agreements

An Agreement for funding from an external organization that is not related to research, UPEI providing a service, or a donation. For donations please contact the UPEI Department of Development and Alumni Engagement.

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Secondment Contracts

A Secondment Contract is an arrangement made between UPEI and another employer, detailing the temporary transfer of an employee from his or her duties.

​Next steps:

  • Have you consulted with Human Resources regarding the proposed secondment?​​
  • Has the external party provided a contract?

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MOU and Other Contracts

An agreement between two or more parties to work jointly on a project or towards a common goal. Normally, there is no money exchanged between the two parties.​

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