Research Agreements

Need help with material transfer agreements or confidentiality (non-disclosure) agreements?

Start your MTA, CDA/NDA work here. 

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Complete the web-based intake form.

  • Answer all questions.
  • Include as much information as possible to help us review your agreement in the comment boxes.
  • Upload all pertinent documents. We can't begin our review until this step is complete.

Based on your intake form answers, the MTA or CDA/NDA will be routed and processed accordingly.

Negotiations will be handled by the CRAO Contacts Team

Frequently Asked Questions

Are CRAO contracts signed by the PI?

  • Best practice, but technically not required. University policy prohibits PIs from being a party to the agreement or signing on behalf of the University. Instead, PI will sign "read and acknowledged" to ensure awareness of obligations.

    What is the difference between an MTA and a Purchase/Service Agreement?

    • MTA: 1) no money tied to the agreement, with the exception of shipping/prepping costs; and 2) the Recipient needs to have designed, or contributed to the design of, the research project.
    • Service Agreement: Provider designs the project with the Recipient performing tasks (often for a fee).
    • Purchase Agreement: Money is exchanged for materials.

    Does CRAO have University templates to use?

    • Yes! Please indicate in the Formstack if a template/draft was not provided and CRAO will start negotiations with a University template.

    Will I be copied on contract negotiation correspondences?

    • CRAO staff will reach out when input is needed from study teams related to contract negotiations.

    What Amendments does CRAO handle?

    • CDA, MTA, and CTA Amendments.
    • Prior to signatures of a CTA Amendment, any new budget is submitted by CRAO to UCH for final approval. Revisions to budget language may be necessary to comply with UCH requirements.


    Do you have a data sharing agreement?

    Do you need to submit to dbGaP?

    These are processed by Office of Regulatory Compliance, submit through the Data Sharing Request Portal.

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