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Project Agreements

Below are brief summaries of the types of agreements which frequently arise when partnering with industry.

CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENTS (CDAS) AND NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS (NDAS)

CDAs and NDAs are used to protect the confidentiality of any proprietary information that needs to be evaluated by the other party, whether that information is being shared by the investigator with a potential sponsor or by a sponsor with the investigator. Key provisions in a CDA include: a narrowly defined purpose or project, the clear identification of confidential materials, and limited periods of disclosure and continued obligation of confidentiality.

MATERIAL TRANSFER AGREEMENTS                                                             

Materials Transfer Agreement (MTAs) are used for incoming and outgoing materials at New Mexico State. They describe the terms under which university investigators and outside researchers can share materials, typically for research or evaluation purposes. MTAs protect both the investigator and the industrial partner from liability and loss of intellectual property.