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Forms and Agreement Types

The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) reviews new inventions and facilitates negotiation of research agreements. In this section, you will find information on invention disclosure, agreement review, and template agreements.

Invention Disclosure

The first step on reporting a discovery is to contact our office at TTO@cdc.gov. TTO will help researchers work through the process of formally reporting a technology with an Employee Discovery and Invention Report (EIR) form. Please contact us for more information.

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Agreement Review

A technology transfer initiation process is used to begin the review of a new agreement with an external party. To begin an agreement request, please contact us at TTO@cdc.gov.
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Template Research Agreements

The TTO handles a variety of research agreements that will be tailored to the specific needs of a given project. The following section describes the major agreement types that our office reviews and provides TTO model templates.

Confidentiality Agreement

A confidentiality agreement (CDA) is used to ensure that a party receiving proprietary information (for example, unpublished data or know-how) will keep the information confidential for a certain period of time.

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Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)

A MTA is used to formalize the transfer of materials between a provider and recipient, generally for non-commercial research purposes.

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Research Collaboration Agreement (RCA)

A RCA is used when the parties are interested in collaborating on a joint project, as embodied in a research plan, and in transferring materials or confidential data (or both) between the parties as described in an attached research plan.

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Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)

A CRADA is used for collaborative research agreements requiring significant intellectual contributions by the respective parties. A CRADA contains provisions that give the collaborator an option to license rights to discoveries that CDC scientists make under the CRADA’s research plan.

A Materials CRADA is used for research with a collaborator which is providing to CDC proprietary material, giving the collaborator an option to license rights to discoveries that CDC scientists make under the M-CRADA’s research plan.

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Template License Application Form and Agreements

Licensing agreements are handled by the CDC Team at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Office (TTIPO), henceforth known as the CDC Team at NIAID. CDC TTO provides links to the license application form and major license agreement types utilized below. If you have any specific inquiries about licensing, those questions can be directed to CDC TTO at TTO@cdc.gov.

License Application Form

If a company wants to license and develop a CDC invention, a NIH License Application must be submitted. Please contact CDC TTO at TTO@cdc.gov for assistance.

Commercial Evaluation License Agreement

Commercial Evaluation License agreements grant the non-exclusive right to make and use a technology to evaluate its commercial potential.

Non-Exclusive Patent License Agreement

License in which the rights to intellectual property are granted to several licensees.

Non-Exclusive Patent License Agreement for Internal Research Use

License in which the rights to intellectual property are granted to several licensees, but is restricted for internal research use only.

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Exclusive Patent License Agreement

License in which the rights to intellectual property are limited in the specific scope or field and will not be granted to other parties.

Biological Material License Agreement – Internal Research & Development

Licensee wishes to obtain a worldwide, non-exclusive license to make, have made, use, but not sell “patentable” materials, in a particular field of use, in its commercial research or product development, and in marketing activities.

Biological Material License Agreement – Commercial Development

Licensee wishes to obtain a worldwide, non-exclusive license to make, have made, use and sell “patentable” materials, in a particular field of use, in its commercial research or product development, and in marketing activities.

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  • Page last reviewed: October 11, 2017
  • Page last updated: October 14, 2016
  • Content source:
    • Office of the Associate Director for Science
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