Confidentiality Agreements (CDA)

Confidentiality Agreements (CDA)

Office of Sponsored Programs Guidance Confidentiality Agreements (CDA)

Confidentiality Agreements (CDA)

A Confidentiality Agreement (CDA) is designed to protect the confidential information that may be released between a project Sponsor and the faculty and staff of UAB for the purposes of determining whether or not to enter into a subsequent agreement for either a clinical trial (CTA) or research agreement. Sometimes these agreements are called Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA’s). CDA’s are generally requested by Sponsors before disclosing a study protocol or other information that the Sponsor considers proprietary. CDA’s can be one-way (UAB is only receiving information) or mutual (UAB is receiving and disclosing information). Not all Sponsors require a CDA prior to disclosing confidential information. 

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), in cooperation with the Office of Counsel, negotiates and processes all of the CDA’s for UAB pertaining to disclosures in regard to prospective work involving UAB faculty, staff or resources.  UAB faculty and staff are not listed as parties to a CDA. UAB enters into these agreement on behalf of our employees. 

Upon receipt of a CDA from a Sponsor, complete an Expedited Checklist found at the OSP website. Send the Expedited Checklist and an editable version of the document to:

so that it can be negotiated with terms consistent with UAB policies and procedures. The OSP will obtain an institutional signature on the fully negotiated CDA. Principal Investigators and Departmental staff are not parties to the agreement and are not authorized to sign a CDA on behalf of UAB.

The OSP is available to answer any question you may have about Confidentiality or Non-Disclosure Agreements.  Contact Eloise Gooden.


For answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding CDAs, please visit the CDA FAQ page.