Article 83 of the Organic Law 6/2001, of 21 December, on Universities (LOU), established that research groups recognised by the University, departments and university research institutions, as well as their teaching staff, either through these entities or through the bodies, centres, foundations or similar organisational structures of the university dedicated to the channelling of the research initiatives of the teaching staff to the transfer of research results, may sign contracts with individuals, universities or public or private entities for the performance of scientific, technical or artistic work, as well as for the development of specialised teaching or specific training activities.

According to the UDC Regulations for the recruitment of technical, artistic or teaching services, approved by the Social Council on 19 July 2012, this type of contract may be executed through the UDC or through the different entities permitted to do so (foundations and managing entities that have a specific agreement signed with the UDC to manage this type of contract). All contracts managed by the UDC will be processed directly at the OTRI. Moreover, a digital register will be created in the office to control, monitor and evaluate all contracts involving researchers from the UDC that are signed through the different entities.