To share confidential information or materials with an outside collaborator, contact the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (OSPA) at or 573-882-0275 for Nondisclosure or Material Transfer agreements. Only authorized university administrators can execute these agreements.

Nondisclosure agreements

You should not disclose confidential or unpublished information with an outside entity or collaborator without having a signed confidentiality agreement in place. These agreements are referred to as nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) or confidentiality disclosure agreements (CDAs).

Information disclosed to an outside entity without the protection of such agreements can compromise MU’s ability to obtain patent protection for your innovations. OSPA negotiates the terms of the NDA, obtains official signatures and secures approval from the University of Missouri System’s General Counsel office.

Outside parties interested in obtaining or sharing confidential information with you will sometimes send agreements directly to MU investigators. Please forward these agreements as soon as possible to OSPA for processing and approval. You cannot complete agreements on the university’s behalf.

Material transfer agreements

A material transfer agreement (MTA) is required to transfer or receive materials from an outside entity. The MTA defines the rights of the provider and the recipient with respect to the materials and any derivatives. Biological materials, such as reagents, cell lines, plasmids and vectors, are the most frequently transferred items, but MTAs also might be necessary for engineering samples, chemical compounds, software and other research materials.

OSPA staff are responsible for the negotiation and completion of MTAs.

If you are shipping chemical, biological or other potentially hazardous materials, please consult MU’s Hazardous Shipping/Transportation policies.

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