Keeping research, other information or results confidential can be essential in commercialising your research and is particularly important in the early stages of research where commercial potential may not yet be apparent. This way, the information will remain confidential and the use of it can be controlled. RIN can help you manage confidential information by offering advice and arranging Confidentiality Agreements.

Request a Confidentiality Agreement (CDA)

Please contact your Project Officer to request RIN to:

  • review a Confidential Agreement that has been forwarded to you for review and signature

  • prepare a Confidential Agreement that can be presented to companies

A company may present you with its standard Confidentiality Agreement. If so, do not sign, but forward it to your Project Officer for approval.

Confidentiality Agreements

Confidentiality Agreements, also known as Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) and Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDAs) are legal contracts governing the disclosure of information from one party to another that set out any conditions or limitations on the use of the information.

Researchers are not permitted to sign Confidentiality Agreements which must be approved and signed by authorised personnel within RIN.

Why do I need a Confidentiality Agreement?

Confidentiality Agreements are necessary when you wish to disclose confidential information to a company during discussions which may lead to research collaboration or the licensing of Intellectual Property. Keeping information confidential until it can be protected, e.g. by patents, is often essential in establishing links with industry. It is far harder to encourage a company to fund research or to license technology if the company has no privileged or exclusive access to the research results.

Remember if you disclose confidential information without a Confidentiality Agreement it may not be possible to obtain a patent.

Who should sign the Confidentiality Agreement?

Authorised RIN personnel must approve and sign all Confidentiality Agreements because:

  • RIN staff have the legal authority to sign Confidentiality Agreements on behalf of the University

  • Confidentiality Agreements should be between the University of East Anglia and the party requesting the Agreement (not an individual academic or school)

  • RIN will negotiate with the other party on any issues within the document that may be contentious

  • by doing this we will ensure you the best protection of your IP rights