Prior to execution of the final funding agreement with OCE/Innovation ENCQOR 5G, the Applicant institution must have an agreement with the ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firm. This agreement will define a detailed statement of work and formalize the terms of the collaboration between the Applicant Institution and Anchor Firm Partner.
As part of this process the Applicant Institution will be expected to undergo a procurement process with the ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firm. This process will vary by ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firm Partner and may vary by Challenge Statement. Requirements may include: negotiations around intellectual property or other requirements as defined by the ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firm.
Applicant Institutions and ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firms are highly encouraged to start discussions around Anchor Firm procurement process expectations as soon as possible after the Applicant Institution has been invited to submit a full application. Early discussions will ensure that both parties are aware of the expectations and requirements for this process and help to accelerate the contracting process after the project is approved.
Applicant Institutions and ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firms are also encouraged to develop the Anchor Firm Professional Services Agreement Statement of Work (SOW) in parallel with the full application to ensure that there is consistency between the full application content and SOW deliverables.
OCE is not a signatory on the agreement between the ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firm and the Applicant Institution should not be included in the procurement process or partnership negotiations.
When the agreement between the Applicant Institution and the ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firm has been executed the Anchor Firm will provide documentation to OCE as confirmation. The Anchor Firm will provide a summary of the Statement of Work as well as a statement regarding the intellectual property agreement between the ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firm and the Applicant Institution to be incorporated as a schedule of OCE/Innovation ENCQOR Funding Agreement.
If the ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firm and the Applicant Institution are unable to execute an agreement or if the Anchor Firm Agreement Process causes a significant delay in project activation OCE may consider not awarding the project.