TDO works on behalf of researchers and PHSA to draft, negotiate and execute agreements with external institutions and commercial entities. Note that individual scientists and PHSA personnel are not usually authorized to sign agreements with external parties and, in so doing, may expose themselves to legal liabilities.
Please contact us for preparation and negotiation of the following agreements and contracts:
Also known as a Confidentiality Agreement, a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) is a contract requiring the recipient of confidential information to hold that information confidential. In the event of public disclosure, the recipient could be sued for breach of contract. An NDA should be signed before confidential information is released.
NDAs can involve the exchange of confidential information from/to both parties (two-way) or one-way.
Material Transfer Agreement
A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is a written contract between a provider and a recipient of research material. They can be between academic, government, and commercial organizations. MTAs:
- Establish terms for the use of research materials
- Monitor users and deter unauthorized transfer of materials to third parties
- Regulate ownership of further IP generated from the use of the material
- Warn about the use of material and have users assume liabilities for their use of the material
If you require an MTA, your first step is to download and complete TDO's Material Transfer Agreement Questionnaire to Receive or Material Transfer Agreement Questionnaire to Supply (see Forms
). This information will help us prepare appropriate documentation for you. If you have received an MTA from another entity, please forward it to TDO
Some projects funded by government granting agencies involve multiple institutions. To facilitate this, TDO provides inter-institutional funding transfers and sub-grant agreements. To get started, please complete a Subaward/Subcontract Request (see Forms
) and submit it to TDO
Under Service Contracts, researchers perform specific, often routine tasks, to test, evaluate or analyze materials supplied by the sponsor, but do not generally provide any analysis of the data generated by performing these tasks.
Collaborative Research Agreement
Collaborative Research Agreements (CRA) - CRAs provide for the conduct of directed, collaborative, or joint research of mutual interest to the researcher and the company with shared rights and access to the results. There is an expectation that there may be new or incremental IP developed within the project.