NDA, MTA, DUA and Others

  • What is a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)?
    A NDA is an agreement which is designed to protect the confidential information that the parties wish to share with one another for the designated agreement purpose(s). These agreements may also be referred to as Proprietary Information Agreements (PIA) or Confidentiality Agreements (CA).
  • What is Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)?
    A MTA is used when a material, such as software, cells, plasmids, compounds, etc., is transferred between organizations. The MTA will govern the transfer and also various terms associated with the material, such as potential liability, ownership, permitted use of the material, ability to publish, development of the material, and even intellectual property rights.
  • What is Data Use Agreement (DUA)?

    A DUA is an agreement used when there is exchange of research data between organizations. The DUA will govern the terms and conditions associated with the pertinent data involved in the matter. Due to the increasing concern relating to data and data security, it is crucial to establish effective provisions in order to avoid any conflict or misunderstanding.

  • What are other agreement types?

    From time to time Clemson investigators may collaborate with colleagues at other institutions for the purposes of joint proposal preparation or center membership. OSP assists with teaming agreements, collaboration/consortium agreements or other types of agreements related to research or scholarly activities.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact our office for more information. 

Melanie Trotter


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Clemson, SC 29634