If the parties to this agreement have a previous relationship and have signed previous agreements, it may be advisable to indicate that the current R&D agreement replaces all previous agreements. Agreements may contain general clauses relating to “the entire agreement”, the laws applicable to the agreement, the assignment of the agreement, a “force majeure” clause and others. The list of components for collaborative R&D agreements below represents elements common to most of the examples of agreements presented by Canadian colleges and institutes. Not all elements are necessarily relevant to all agreements. The nature of the partners can be included here, as well as their previous relationship (if any) and the nature of the current relationship. The university can indicate its intention to involve students and teachers in the project. It is also possible that the parties may make available information, equipment or materials that exist or are developed independently of the project for use in the project. Each Party authorizes the use of these materials for the purposes of the Project, but not for other purposes. Research and development (R&D) cooperation agreements are the most comprehensive of the agreements that must be negotiated and signed with industrial partners for research and development projects. They should clearly identify the project itself, provide all necessary background information about the project and describe the roles and relationships between the parties to the project, including any contributions from the parties. If there are specific problems or circumstances that can reasonably be expected to have an impact on the project, they should be described.