Collaborative Research Agreements (CRAs) are contracts between UTD and one or more organizations that collaborate in the implementation of a research program. The agreement outlines the measures each organization has expressed willingness to implement and defines the obligations each party has to the other parties involved in the joint research effort. This type of agreement is used to facilitate the commissioning of certain professional services by a third party by the college. Under these agreements, it is not a question of conducting research or innovative work, but only of analyzing, processing, manufacturing or providing specialized knowledge. All results will be at the university without a right of use being granted to the counsellor. These agreements are not likely to conclude an agreement or cooperation in research. Material Transfer Agreements (MMAs) are contractual documents that are used for the acquisition of various biological and research materials, as well as, occasionally, data developed by non-profit, public and private companies. Often, these materials are a necessary part of a research project and are only available from a single, often industrial, source. The industry may view its materials as important proprietary resources and assert ownership of inventions made with these materials or limit the publication of adverse results.
Universities will want to ensure that the conditions of the MTA allow for the full dissemination of research results and are not at odds with other higher education policies. Because of these differences of opinion on ODA, negotiations to meet the needs of both parties may take time. The usual areas of negotiation are publications, the exploitation of research results and the appropriation of the technology produced by research. UTD is a public body that receives a significant portion of its research funds from the federal government. A material transfer contract (MTA) is a contract that regulates the transfer of research materials between two organizations when the recipient intends to use them for research purposes. It defines the rights of the parties with respect to the extent of the use of the material, confidentiality, publication and intellectual property. From time to time, a transfer may contain software. These agreements should not include payment for equipment other than reimbursement of transportation costs. Equipment Transfer Agreement (MTA): an agreement regulating the transfer of research materials between the university and a third party. These agreements are concluded through the Technology Management Board. Confidentiality Agreement (CDA or NDA): an agreement that allows faculties and collaborators at the University of Washington to exchange confidential information with outside third parties who are required to protect and respect the confidentiality of information.