Confidential Disclosure Agreements

Types, Procedures, and Samples

Sometimes one or both of the parties contemplating a research agreement will elect to execute a Confidential Disclosure Agreement, safeguarding the release or exchange of confidential information.

Confidential Disclosure Agreements come in three types: Incoming, Outgoing, and Mutual. There is a specific procedure attached to each type. The following paragraphs describe each type of CDA and the associated procedure.  Each section heading links to a sample agreement of that type. 

Incoming (One-Way) CDA

This type of agreement is used when a company or organization is going to disclose confidential information to you. This is a one-way disclosure -- meaning you will not be disclosing confidential information to the company/organization.

Procedure for Processing Incoming CDAs

Most incoming CDAs are processed by the Division of Sponsored Programs. All incoming CDAs must be signed by both the University of Iowa Researcher and an authorized representative for The University of Iowa. To process your CDA, please send the agreement and a completed Non-Monetary Routing Form to the Division of Sponsored Programs. The step-by-step procedure is outlined here. If questions, please e-mail dsp-contracts@uiowa.edu or contact one of the DSP staff members
 

Outgoing (One-Way) CDA

You are going to disclose confidential information to a company or organization. This is a one-way disclosure -- meaning the company/organization will not be disclosing confidential information to you.

Procedure for Processing Outgoing CDAs

The University of Iowa Research Foundation prepares and handles confidentiality agreements to enable the exchange of information to prospective licensees on University inventions.
For more information, please contact:

  • Freda Stelzer
    Licensing Assistant
    University of Iowa Research Foundation
    (319) 335-4548
     

Mutual (Two-Way) CDA

Confidential information will be disclosed by both the company/organization and by you -- meaning you will be exchanging confidential information.

Procedure for Processing Mutual Confidential Disclosure Agreement

Depending on the nature of the information disclosed by the University of Iowa Researcher, these agreements may be negotiated by the University of Iowa Research Foundation or the Division of Sponsored Programs.

  • If you will be disclosing information related to an invention, contact Freda Stelzer at UIRF.
  • Most other mutual CDAs will be processed by the Division of Sponsored Programs. Please contact dsp-contracts@uiowa.edu for information.