Some useful research governance guidance and tools. For further research management resources, go to our Resources page

The importance of strong financial governance | Health Financial Management Association (HFMA) briefing paper

This briefing highlights the key themes that tend to emerge when there are governance weaknesses, identifies some of the early warning signs to look out for, and sets out the key steps to take.

Due Diligence Process Diagram

A diagram from University of Central London explaining the due diligence process.

Risk Management and Due Diligence | University of York

A summary of procedures for pre-award risk management and due diligence from the University of York

University of Kwazulu-Natal: A data transfer agreement for South Africa

In this good practice document, TDR aims to provide clear guidelines and practical tips on improving research costing and pricing.

WHO resource for Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs)

This resource gives a blueprint draft MTA related to sharing biological material and related data connected to severe emerging diseases with potential to become public health emergencies. The accompanying guidance notes that the blueprint is designed to inform users before an actual outbreak has happened, not during the crisis. It includes general principles of sample access, storage and use as well as the blueprint MTA.

UNICEF standard template for Memorandum of Understanding between UNICEF, NGOs, Universities and philanthropic organisations

Useful templates in English, French and Spanish for download. Note that using these for an MOU with an organisation other than UNICEF would need adapting.

International Health Research Governance Network 

The International Health Research Governance Network (IHGRN) provides an inclusive, safe and supportive space for members to discuss matters relating to the set up and management of global health research with a focus on governance, ethics, and contracts 

Aims of the group 

  • To exchange information about the processes, policies and regulatory frameworks within different countries and institutions   

  • To create a sense of community by providing a platform to discuss, and increase awareness of the challenges and successes involved in setting up and managing global health research projects.  

  • To share local work practices and new initiatives, so that there is collective learning across institutions and borders. 

  • Identify needs, concerns and problem solving for members working within the same arena. 

  • Provide space to build social relationships, create mutual respect and enable additional opportunities to network with each other. 

Please contact IHRGN at  for more information or to join the IHRGN 

IHRGN Resources can be found on this hub’s resource section.

IHRGN members also contribute to the ‘Find an Expert’ help desk providing support on Health Research Governance, Integrity and Ethics.