Request an Agreement

The university’s Technology Transfer Services (TTS) team can help you draft and negotiate business agreements needed to establish commercial partnerships. The TTS team is the university’s delegated signing authority for all non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements (NDAs/CDAs), material transfer agreements (MTA), data share and data transfer agreements (DSAs/ DTA). As well as other IP agreements (Inter-Institutional Agreements). These agreements are described in more detail below.

To request any of these IP agreements login to the university’s Agreements Portal. Before using the Portal you must create an account with a username and password. This is done via the Portal login page. Please note, the automated confirmation email may be filtered to your spam folder by email protections. 


Agreement types

  • Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA) governs the exchange of non-public, confidential information between the University of Alberta and an external party. It is typically used for a specific purpose to allow parties to evaluate confidential information and explore a potential collaboration or business relationship. If it is necessary to disclose your invention to an external party before publication, a CDA can prevent unintended loss of patent rights.

  • Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) governs the exchange of tangible materials between institutions for research use. MTAs are commonly used to transfer biological materials and chemical compounds. They can also be used in any instance where it is necessary to define the rights and obligations of provider and recipient with respect to a particular material. This agreement may limit the permitted use and further distribution of the transferred materials, and how results arising from such materials should be managed. In general, a MTA should be requested any time materials are transferred from the University of Alberta to an external party. For straightforward biological material transfers between academic groups, we recommend adding a note in the agreement portal requesting the use of the Uniform Biological Material Transfer Agreement, a simple, pre-negotiated agreement endorsed by the majority of North American universities.

  • Data Sharing Agreements (DSA) or Data Transfer Agreement (DTA) is used to allow the transfer of data between the University of Alberta and other institutions for research purposes. DSAs are often used to transfer highly sensitive data, including data that may contain health or personal information. DSA’s typically restrict the use of the data to a very specific purpose and place additional restrictions on recipients, governing the data’s storage, access and disclosure.