Research Passport Agreement

The BDHP Research Passport Agreement is a collaborative agreement between all BDHP Partners. The agreement aims to streamline the approval process for researchers, saving them time and legal costs.

The agreement consists of an umbrella agreement and an operating schedule. With agreed legal terms and schedule items, the agreement reduces the number of legal reviews required for health related collaborative research and speeds up the approval process.

The BDHP Research Passport agreement was launched in November 2016.  A revision to the agreement was executed on 24 April 2020 and version 2 was launched.  With the inclusion of CSIRO e-health as a BDHP Partner a subsequent minor revision to include the e-health Centre to the passport was signed off on 1 December 2020. Version 2.1 is the current version of the Research Passport Agreement.

BDHP established a Human Research Ethics and Governance Working Group to review the processes and timelines for ethics and governance approvals within the hospital, university and research institute partners and to develop an agreed framework, including the BDHP Research Passport Agreement.

For a copy of the Research Passport Agreement, Schedule 2 of the agreement and Third-Party Agreement click on the downloads link on the left hand side of this page.

For enquiries, please refer to the FAQs in the user guide or contact us.

Research Passport Tools

For information on clinical research ethics and governance within the BDHP partnership and frequency asked questions on using the BDHP Research Passport Agreement download the Research Passport User Guide.

BDHP have also developed a fact sheet for researchers, Research Governance Officers and legal teams.

Research Passport Webinar

In May 2020, BDHP held a webinar to launch version 2 of the Research Passport Agreement. The presentation included:

  • The updates to the BDHP Research Passport Agreement
  • Tips and tricks from a research manager
  • A researcher’s experience with the agreement

You can download a copy of the slides and view the presentation below.


The BDHP Research Passport has rapidly become our go-to contract for establishing health-related research projects with our clinical and academic collaborators within and external to the Partnership. Pre-approval of the terms and the clear executable schedule results in dramatically improved contract turnaround times.”

Sarah Flaim, Research Partnerships Manager, University of Queensland.


“By providing an existing, approved framework, the BDHP Research Passport Agreement reduces the lead time to implement new collaborations, and in turn, this stimulates more collaborations. QIMR Berghofer Principal Investigators find the associated schedules easy to use and reference when they’re discussing potential collaborations with their counterparts in other organisations.”

Mathias Kroll, General Manager Business Development, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.


“It is really great to see the continuing evolution of the BDHP Research Passport, serving to facilitate ease of collaboration across Brisbane. With more than 60 investigators over all BDHP sites, the Passport has been an enormous advantage in developing our collaborative research agreement for CPAC (Centre for Personalised Analysis of Cancers), which is a BDHP MRFF RART project.”

Rik Thompson, Associate Director, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) @ Translational Research Institute (TRI) & Professor in Breast Cancer ResearchSchool of Biomedical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

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