Contract Research Volume Snowball Metrics Agreement v1



This standard information agreement specifies the information elements needed to calculate and communicate the value of income from contract research.

Contract research income is that received from an industrial or private external body, which is not a university or academic, from commissioning a particular piece of research with specific terms. Contract research is targeted at solving a particular problem, whereas other research questions may be more loosely defined and focused on discovery. Information and intellectual property arising from contract research will contractually be at least partly owned by the third party that is paying for the work.

Input Reference

The original input reference to this standard information agreement is the Snowball Metrics Recipe Book, page 61.

Question Set

See input reference.

Answer Set

The following specifies the expected contents of a data report compliant with this standard information agreement.

Records Structure

The following table outlines the agreed information elements need to produce a standard report on Research Contracts at the institution. For each record of a contract the following elements are to be included.

Information Element Definition Format Requirement
Contract/Amount Must
Contract/Currency List (Currencies) Must
Contract/Start Date Must
Contract/End Date Must
Institution An organization with a primary role of performing research.
Institution/ID Type The nominal type of unique ID used for a research-performing organization. List (Org ID Types) Should
Institution/Other ID Type A keyword for a type of organization identifier not covered in a standard classification. Text Should
Institution/ID The unique identifier of a research-performing organization. Text Should
Institution/Name The full name of a research-performing organization. Text Must
Institution/Country The country of a research-performing organization. List (Countries) Must
Institution/Financial Year End Month The month marking the end of the financial year of a research-performing organization. List (Months) Must

Lists/Vocabularies Used

The following agreed vocabularies (or Lists) are used in the above information elements.

List/Vocabulary Values Defintion
Org ID Types
Months Months of the year expressed numerically.
01 to 12

Formal Schema

A formal CASRAI XSD schema for this standard information agreement is available here.