Non-disclosure agreements are made to ensure that certain information, which one party discloses to another party, is kept confidential and only used for a specific purpose. A non-disclosure agreement is sometimes referred to as a confidentiality agreement or simply NDA. Non-disclosure agreements are used in a number of instances, for example when the University wishes to discuss collaboration opportunities with external organisations or negotiate technology transfer with private companies. In such instances it is often both necessary and beneficial to have a signed non-disclose agreement that allows the parties to talk freely.
When signing a non-disclosure agreement, researchers from Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital must ensure that their right to publish research results is not compromised. Therefore, there are certain provisions that must be included in non-disclosure agreements. The TTO can assist researchers with a review of non-disclosure agreements and if necessary make amendments to the agreement, before it is signed. The TTO also advises researchers from Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital whether a non-disclosure agreement is necessary or beneficial before, for instance, discussing unpublished research results with an external organisation.