Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

Non-Disclosure Agreement

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA)--also called a confidential disclosure agreement (CDA) or proprietary information agreement (PIA)--is a legal agreement which outlines proprietary information that the parties wish to share with one another for certain evaluation purposes, but wish to restrict from wider use and dissemination to third parties or to the public at large.  NDAs are commonly executed when two parties are considering pursing a relationship together and need to understand the other’s processes, methods, or technology solely for the purpose of evaluating the potential for a future relationship.  For example, a confidentiality agreement may be required by a company when the company wishes to disclose its proprietary information to an NU investigator who is considering participating in a clinical trial.  The parties agree not to disclose the proprietary information covered by the agreement for a specific (not indefinite) period of time.

Important Information

Northwestern University investigators cannot sign NDAs on behalf of the University. The agreement needs to be set up as a contract between institutions and signed by an Authorized Official who is capable of binding the University to the terms.  Northwestern PIs are often required to sign NDAs as Read and Understood. Northwestern strongly encourages its PIs to thoroughly read through NDAs before signing. Not all NDAs are the same and it is very important that Northwestern PIs and lab members understand and abide by the terms and conditions outlined in the agreement.

Contacts and Institutional Information

  Evanston CaMpus Chicago Campus

Authorized Official / Contact

Senior Contract Officer
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Legal Address

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633 Clark Street
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University
633 Clark Street
Evanston, IL 60208

Administrative Address

Northwestern University
Office for Sponsored Research
1801 Maple Ave, Suite 2410
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 491-2103
OSR-Evanston@northwestern.edu

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Office for Sponsored Research
750 N. Lake Shore Drive, 7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 503-4601 / (312) 503-7941
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