A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) ensures that discussions are kept confidential while interested parties determine if they should pursue future sponsored activity. NDAs can also be referred to as confidentiality agreements (CDA), or proprietary information agreements (PIA).
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Sponsored research activities may require access to information that is proprietary or otherwise considered by the sponsor to be privileged and confidential. Such information must be specifically identified by the sponsor and must be determined to be confidential within the definitions of the Michigan FOIA.
Maintaining the confidentiality of such information is primarily the responsibility of the principal investigator (PI) and project team. However, faculty and staff with access to the confidential information undertake this responsibility as part of their employment agreement. The U-M Research Ethics and Compliance policy on the Research Integrity contains further guidelines regarding acceptance and use of confidential information.