Agreements For Researchers
To safeguard the interests and rights of the university, the Industry Liaison Office (ILO) undertakes the negotiation, drafting and finalisation of collaboration agreements with external parties.
Material Transfer Agreements (MTA)
MTA formalises the transfer of tangible material (which may include, but is not limited to biological material such as reagents, software, chemicals or other research tools) from one party to another.
An MTA governs the rights, obligations, and restrictions of both the providing and receiving parties regarding the ownership, publication, intellectual property rights and permitted uses and liabilities.
When other organisations request material from you, an MTA must be put in place to govern the terms and conditions of the use of the material by the recipient
Download our MTA Request Form and submit it to us here
When you request material from another organisation, you will usually be requested to sign an MTA provided by such organisation.
Download our MTA Questionnaire and submit it together with the MTA draft of the external party (if available) to us here
Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA), Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDA) or Confidentiality Agreements (CA)
An NDA, CDA or CA is a legal agreement between two or more parties to protect the knowledge or information exchanged so that information remains confidential and is not disclosed to any other party not included in the agreement.
An NDA, CDA or CA is often used for the purpose of discussing the details of potential research partnerships, licensing arrangements, and/or inventions or ideas before intellectual property protection is put in place or when confidentiality is essential.
When only one party is disclosing the confidential information a unilateral NDA, CDA or CA is put in place. When two or more parties are disclosing confidential information to each other, a bilateral or multi-lateral NDA, CDA or CA is used instead.
Download the NUS’ standard NDA template here.
If the NUS standard NDA template is used WITHOUT any modifications, then the completed agreement can be approved and signed by the appropriate NUS authorities, consistent with the NUS’ Policy on Approving and Signing Authority, without ILO’s review.
If, on the other hand, an NDA template is provided by the external party, or modifications to NUS’ template are required, then please complete our NDA checklist and submit it together with the proposed NDA here for review.
Research Collaboration Agreements (RCA)
An RCA is put in place when two or more parties wish to collaborate on a research project drawing synergies from each other’s expertise and experience in a specific field, and there is contribution of resources from each party to the project. Details of the project including project scope, deliverables, and contributions are formalised in the RCA and specific terms and conditions relating to obligations and rights are addressed and agreed in the RCA.
Details of the project including project scope, deliverables, and contributions are formalised in the RCA and specific terms and conditions relating to obligations and rights are addressed and agreed in the RCA.
Contract Research Agreements (CRA)
A CRA (sometimes referred to as “Fee-for-Service” Agreement) is entered into when a party requires a defined research service from the other party. A CRA is typically unilateral in nature.
The paying Party covers ALL costs incurred by the Party providing the service. Typically the party providing the service forfeits their intellectual property rights in the exchange.
Details of the project including project scope, deliverables, and payment arrangement are formalised in the CRA.
Specific terms and conditions relating to obligations and rights are also addressed and agreed in the CRA.
Download the Schedule 1 form and/or submit the draft agreement provided by the external party to ILO for collaborative research projects (RCA) or fee-for-service research projects (CRA).