Intellectual property rights shall remain with the relevant contracting organisation (normally the applicant). However, Healthcare Improvement Scotland shall retain the right to freely promote and disseminate funded project outcomes and any evaluation to interested health and social care organisations in Scotland. Any materials (including processes, procedures and practices) produced as a result of Improvement Fund investment shall be made freely available to health and social care organisations if intended to be implemented in Scotland (but not for wider dissemination). Any materials shall be provided as ‘white label’ (unbranded), although an appropriate acknowledgement of the intellectual property rights holder may be included. There shall be no charge to recipient organisations other than that needed for full cost recovery of additional production, adaptation and delivery.

As part of the project’s communication strategy, project teams may choose to present papers or posters at relevant conferences. These should be made available for publication on the Improvement Fund’s website. Publication will be at the Improvement Fund’s discretion.