Industrial Contracts Office
1705 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
A company may ask a researcher to sign a confidentiality agreement (often called a CDA or NDA). If the confidentiality agreement is related to the researcher’s work at Stanford, ICO will review it as a courtesy for compliance with University research policies. The researcher signs the agreement on his/her own behalf. Stanford generally does not sign confidentiality agreements, as the University has an open environment and is not set up to maintain confidentiality. Please note that individual researchers do not have the authority to sign on behalf of the University or their department. For more information, see the University’s Research Policy Handbook.
The NDAs below may be used without review by ICO, if the company agrees to use them.
For confidentiality agreements that are unrelated to the researcher’s work at Stanford, the researcher should discuss with his/her own legal advisor.