A confidentiality agreement (CA), also known as a nondisclosure agreement (NDA), is a contract to protect nonpublic research or business information between UI and other organizations. It outlines confidential material, knowledge or information that the parties wish to share while restricting access to any other parties.
At UI, all the incoming and outgoing CAs should be reviewed, negotiated and signed by the OTT. An individual investigator has no right to sign a CA on the behalf of the university. To protect the potential intellectual property, UI investigators are strongly advised to contact OTT to put a CA in place before talking about their unpublished research with other organizations. UI investigators are also asked to contact the OTT as soon as possible after receiving a CA from other organizations.