Agreements for Cooperative & Sponsored Research
The Office for Technology Development (OTD) works with faculty members and outside agencies to execute cooperative and sponsored research agreements as defined below. These agreements comply with state and local laws, University policy, and any funding source restrictions. All intellectual property provisions must be fair, protective of faculty interests, and in accordance with University policy and the OTD mission.
Cooperative & Sponsored Research Agreements Defined
Cooperative and sponsored agreements managed by the OTD include:
- Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDAs)
For sharing or receiving confidential unpublished/nonpublic information with or from outside organizations for the purpose of identifying nonclinical research opportunities.
- Collaborative Research Agreement (CRAs)
For conducting nonclinical research in collaboration with a university, nonprofit organization, or for-profit entity.
- Data Use Agreements (DUAs)
A license for the disclosure and use of created or derived data from research or clinical trials (e.g., a limited data set).
- Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs)
For sending UT Southwestern materials or data to outside scientists in academia, government, or industry, or obtaining materials or data from scientists in academia, government, or industry.
- Sponsored Research Agreements (SRAs)
For conducting nonclinical research sponsored by a for-profit entity.
- Visiting Scientist Agreements (VSAs)
For a visit of any time frame by an outside scientist from academia, government, or industry to conduct research in a UT Southwestern lab.
What Agreement Do I Need?
Find the agreement you need through the Contracts and Agreements Pathfinder (CAP), a tool that UT Southwestern created that allows users to work through a flowchart to accurately identify the appropriate system and agreement type for their research. Pathfinder (CAP) will connect with eAgreements for ease of access to appropriate forms to initiate an agreement. Employees can only access Pathfinder (CAP) through the intranet.
How to Initiate an Agreement
- Log in to eAgreements
Use your University username and password.
- Complete the eAgreement Smart Form
All agreements require the first two pages of the Smart Form, with more detailed questions generated by the Smart Form in response to these questions.