If you are applying for a new contract or if an external party has already provided a draft agreement, please follow the instructions below (Steps 1- 5) for submitting your contract request. Please note that a Researcher or their staff members must complete the following steps before a contract is reviewed, approved, and executed. If you have any questions or require any assistance regarding the steps below, please contact ResearchContracts@unityhealth.to.


STEP 1: Please download and complete the Excel Contract Intake Form . Please note: if the external party is an institution, kindly put an institutional email address.  Please do not use a Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail email address.

For agreements where funds are outgoing: Please complete the appropriate project approval form in the Excel contract intake form. The form will guide you on which Project Approval form to fill out. Once complete, please submit this form to your Principal Investigator’s respective Senior Research Finance Analyst (SRFA) for approval.

For Service Provider Agreements :

If you’re not sure whether a Service Provider Agreement is needed, please complete the SPA Checklist and follow steps outlined on the Research Finance page.

If the total payment for a service provider that Unity Health will be paying exceeds $24,999.99:  Procurement must be involved because we are a public institution and follow the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010. You must contact Procurement Services before a Service Provider contract can be executed if you will pay out more than $24,999 in the life of the contractual relationship. See the procurement policy on the intranet for more information. If the Service Provider is an Ontario business, please contact Procurement to discuss additional options. 

Procurement contacts:

Máirín Livingston, Supply Chain Program Manager, Mairin.Livingston@unityhealth.to

Victoria Beale, Sourcing Category Specialist, Victoria.Beale@unityhealth.to

Tonia Edwards, Sourcing Category Specialist, Tonia.Edwards@unityhealth.to

If this is not applicable, please move directly to step 2.

STEP 2: Obtain a draft agreement from the external party (if applicable), in MS Word format. If this not applicable, please move directly to the next step.

STEP 3: Compile electronic version of all documents into a submission package including:

  • Excel Contract Intake Form
  • MS Word version of the contract, if applicable
  • Protocol/Consent (required for Clinical Study Agreements, Privacy Agreements & Sub-Award Agreements)
  • Budget/payment terms/payment schedule (for Collaboration Agreements, Clinical Study Agreements (Clinical Trials), Award Agreements (incoming or outgoing). Even if in draft form, the reviewer will need the budget.

STEP 4: Email your contract submission package electronically to researchcontracts@unityhealth.to. Please provide the following in your email:

  • Any important deadlines
  • Documents mentioned in Step 3
  • Brief explanation of your proposed research/study

Note: If you are requesting an expedited contract review, please provide a detailed reason(s) for the urgent review and indicate any important deadlines that indicate this contract should be expedited (such as a deadline to submit for funding).

STEP 5: Once received, the Research Contracts Clerk will process your documents, designate a specific contract ID number for future reference (e.g. 24-XXXX), and assign a Research Contracts Analyst or Research Contracts Specialist. Remember, prior to starting your study you will need to secure institutional approvals from the Research Ethics Board and/or the Animal Care Committee. All research activity that includes the purchase of equipment or services shall follow the procurement process (Project Approvals, Non-Competitive Approval Forms, etc.).

Timelines: We do our best to have contracts assigned within 5 business days, but please note this can fluctuate due to demand. In order to ensure a smooth process with no delays, please ensure your contract in-take forms are completely filled out with all required documents attached in 1 email submission to researchcontracts@unityhealth.to or delays can occur as we follow up and wait for additional documents.

Research Contract In-Take & Review Process From Start to Finish:

  1. Contract is submitted to Research Contracts (researchcontracts@unityhealth.to) with the applicable in-take forms outlined above and on the “Types of Contracts” page.
  2. The Contract Clerk creates a unique contract number for the contract submitted to us in our database and assigns a Contract Reviewer. This information will be provided to the study team via email. This email should be saved by the study team and the contract should be added to a tracker spreadsheet the study team will use to keep track of their contracts and contract numbers. It is important to know your contract number when reaching out to Research Contracts for status updates.
  3. From then on the point of contact for the contract negotiation becomes the Contract Reviewer, not the Research Contracts general email. The reviewer deals directly with the external party we need the agreement with to negotiate the contract. For status updates it is the Reviewer that should be emailed directly, not the contract clerk/general inbox.
  4. Once negotiations have been completed the reviewer sends the contract to the Contract Clerk to collect Unity Health Institutional signatures to fully execute (fully sign) the contract. *Research in most cases cannot begin until the contract is fully signed by all parties to the agreement.
  5. The Contract Clerk sends out the contract for signatures via Adobe Sign. The Clerk will send an email that explains the signing process to everyone. At any time during the signature process if you’d like to know the status of the signature you can use the Contract number to search your email inbox to pull up all relevant emails and find the most recent status in your inbox. Adobe Sign emails will always include the contract # in the subject line. Once you do your inbox search, if you find the signatures on the contract are still pending after 1 to 2 weeks (for non-urgent contracts) you can email the Contracts Clerk for a status update. Often signatures get held up on the external parties side and so we can email them to remind them to sign.
  6. Adobe Sign sends out the executed contract automatically once it has been signed to everyone that the Contracts Clerk has cc’d on the Adobe Sign process. If you open up the attachments that Adobe Sign sends and scroll to the signature page in the contract you can see if all signatures have been collected (fully executed). If not all signatures are collected, then the contract is still pending execution.
  7. Once all signatures have been collected, the contract is therefore executed and Research Contracts role is complete and the contract has been finalized. Research Contracts no longer has any further role to play in the research at hand and the study team should coordinate any additional requirements (such as sample transfer, equipment transfer, etc) with the external party separately.