Various tools are available through Innovation Partnership Services to assist University of Oregon faculty and staff in directing the creative inputs and outputs for their projects.

Agreements help you manage the intellectual property rights associated with your project from development through distribution, and can be tailored to meet your specific goals.

Confidential Disclosure & Non-Disclosure Agreements

Confidential Disclosure or Non-Disclosure Agreements (CDA/NDA) can be useful tools when you wish to keep any information (not just intellectual property) confidential while discussing it with someone outside of the UO.

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Academic institutions are open environments, but there may be occasions where you are engaging with a non-UO party and need to protect your information from public disclosure. Protection in such cases is important if you are not ready to publish, if the information is part of on-going research, or if you are concerned about compromising intellectual property rights. A formal CDA or NDA allows you to manage your information's release in keeping with the publication or scientific validation timeline for your work.


In a sponsored research collaboration and other engagements with non-UO entities (industry, foundations, etc.), you might be asked to receive outside information which must be kept confidential.

Important points to consider when entering into a CDA or NDA include:

  • How close or distant from your current and future research is the information you will be receiving? 

  • How likely is it to be an active area for you at the University?

  • Who in your research group will have access to the information?

  • What exclusions does the Agreement include in case the information is obtained lawfully from another source?

For more information on when a non-disclosure agreement is appropriate, please see the Confidentiality Decision Tree and Case Study

View a sample Confidential Disclosure Agreement.

The scope of individual agreements varies greatly depending on context of the information exchange and it's recommended that you consult with Innovation Partnership Services or the UO's General Counsel before committing to one. We can advise and assist you to ensure that the information exchange occurs in a manner that fosters collaboration while maintaining your ability to continue along your desired research trajectory and scholarship.

Material Transfer Agreements

The Uniform Biological Material Transfer Agreement (UBMTA) has been developed by NIH to simplify the process of sharing proprietary materials among public and nonprofit organizations. 

The UO is a signatory to the UBMTA and in instances where a material transfer agreement is desired by either you or the institution that is receiving biological materials from you, we recommend the UBMTA as the most expedient path to making biological materials available to other academic researchers. 

There are instances where the UBMTA may not create the distribution mode that you desire and we can work with you to develop a simple agreement that addresses issues such as attribution, notice of intended use, or other concerns relevant to your particular research project. 

You should consider the costs of providing materials to the academic community with respect to both the time and financial costs needed to successfully make the materials available. We also recommend that you take a few moments to review NIH's guidance on making research tools available. See the NIH Research Tool Guidelines for more information.

View the UBMTA.