Confidentiality clauses in research agreements

The UW does allow confidentiality provisions in research agreements, though they must be carefully negotiated by Research and Sponsored Programs in order to adhere to state statutes and university rules. An example of a research agreement that includes confidentiality provisions might be where a company would like to have a proprietary product evaluated or tested, but does not want the formulation of the product to be disclosed publicly. Of course, the researchers would retain the right to publish their results, but the confidentiality of the formulation would be maintained for a certain period of time, as agreed to by the sponsor and the UW. The CALS Research Division can assist you with questions about proposed research agreements that contain confidentiality clauses or provisions. Please contact the Division for assistance by routing your proposed agreement or terms, along with a transmittal form signed by the PI and Department Chair. You may also want to contact the Division informally with questions before routing takes place. Ultimately, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will negotiate these clauses with the sponsor. If you have questions, please contact Irwin Goldman at

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