It's a research project, in which I will collaborate with their domain experts to provide some novel modelling solutions and prototypes. I know that they want to commercialise it, but that's something my current project and contract don't cover. I'm willing to help with commercialisation, as I declared to them twice, because it's something useful and socially important, but I certainly won't work for free.
Outrun and Cuchulainn, I've drafted some SLA for them at the start, but since communication with them and - based on my impression - their internal communication malfunction, I now cut it down to two letters ("no"). Similar clauses have become a standard in contracts, and so becomes removing them (e.g. https://www.poynter.org/news/indemnity- ... n-lawsuits
) - but while private companies tend to be pragmatic, government organisations like to take things to extremes. Believe it or not, I was once asked by an organisation to give proxy powers to one of their employees to represent me in front them. Another time the discussed project deadlines passed before its funding would have been approved.
As Traden4Alpha wrote, since they'll receive a comprehensive report and a detailed documentation, which will be approved upon completion, there will be nothing more to discuss. My fear is they would hire some lousy modeller and want me to teach them how I came up with everything, which revives my gruesome memories of the Western academia (I once spent half a year explaining work I've done in two weeks to some anthead, who didn't know a fat-tailed distribution may not have a mean, only to add them as a co-author - I was successful neither in teaching nor in dealing with her frustration). Alternatively, they are just afraid that I would be unwilling to answer even a short question if they need my help - then they should phrase it differently.
Paul, even if it's unlikely that they'd execute such clauses, there's always the risk of mishandled temptation
The period is 12 months with no workload limit - too long for free retouches to the report. I would respond to any reasonable and reasonably short query during this period - but once they have to pay for it, I know they won't get too obnoxious.