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In the MIND Foundation, we distinguish between two general kinds of partnerships which we may develop further into different sub-types. Cooperations are a type of partnership where actual resources flow in via money, personnel, or materials. In this case, an entire corresponding contract is necessary for tax reasons and clarifying characteristics like a partner’s non-profit or for-profit status. In cooperation projects, it is also important to specify, for example, the publication rights. For cooperation contracts, we usually use templates available by the European or German Research Council and adapt them. The second type of partnerships are resource-free collaborations (there is no flow of material resources, but of course time itself is a very important resource) and are usually about the joint implementation of a project or mutual provided services like media cooperations. Here, a contract is not mandatory, but can always be useful to build clarity and avoid controversies – as these here and there occur e.g. in joint publications.

Cooperations

Collaborations