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California Model Agreement “CMA” for Research, Training, and Public Services performed by the CSU and UC

A collaboration between the CSU, UC, and the Department of General Services (DGS)/State of California


In January of 2010, Assembly Bill 20 (AB20 2009-2010) became effective and codified under Education Code Section 67325. The purpose of the Bill introduced by Assembly Member Solorio was for Department of General Services (DGS), on behalf of the State, to negotiate model contract terms for use by agencies funding research, training or public service projects performed by campuses of the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems. On November 2, 2015, the implementing MOU for the AB20 model agreement was executed by the three parties with an implementation date of January 1, 2016.

What began in 2010 as a negotiation of a model agreement for research, training and services performed by the CSU and UC campuses for California’s state agencies, transformed into a complex and beneficial collaboration of all three entities by the time we implemented the model agreement in 2016. The State of California is unique in the nation to have such a model agreement with the largest system of senior higher education in the nation (CSU) and the nation’s largest research institution (UC).  While it took many years to negotiate the model agreement – the benefits in terms of the reduction of the administrative burden on all entities, an improved and more transparent way of doing business and the relationships established to ensure its success – will serve the State of California for years to come.  We are proud of this accomplishment and the collaboration that will continue between the CSU, UC, and DGS.


For more information on the model agreement template, terms and conditions, and forms, please refer to the DGS Standard Contract Language website.