A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is a legal contract between LBNL and one or more parties that protects the confidentiality of intellectual property, technical, and business information. A fully executed NDA should be in place before LBNL can share certain information with external parties.
A material transfer agreement (MTA) is a legal contract between LBNL and one or more parties for transferring research materials. It defines the rights (including intellectual property) of the provider and the rights and obligations of the recipient. An MTA is required before LBNL can transfer materials to an external party in support of research or as part of a potential or actual collaboration.
The sample LBNL nondisclosure agreements (NDA) and material transfer agreements (MTA) below are LBNL standard templates for industry partners to review. These forms are not for signature/execution.
- NDA-In: for information being received by LBNL
- NDA-Out: for information being sent out by LBNL
- Mutual NDA: for information being sent out and received by LBNL and external parties
- MTA-In: for material being received by LBNL
- MTA-Out: for material being sent out to LBNL to industry entities
Please work with your LBNL contact to have them request an NDA or MTA from the LBNL Intellectual Property Office Agreements Team. When an NDA or MTA is requested, the Agreements Team may use these templates to develop agreements for the sharing of information or materials.
NOTE: Starting from a non-LBNL agreement template typically results in longer turnaround times.