Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) as well as Proprietary Information Agreements (PIAs) and Confidentiality Agreements (CAs) are synonymous terms for legal contracts that protect and govern the exchange of confidential or proprietary information. At Georgia Tech, we broadly use the term “NDAs” to refer to all such agreements.

Purpose of NDAs

NDAs create a contractual framework for sharing confidential information between a disclosing and a receiving party. They specify the types of information deemed confidential and set restrictions on how this information can be used and shared.

Information commonly protected under NDAs includes, but is not limited to, innovative ideas, know-how, process descriptions, chemical formulas, manufacturing techniques, intellectual property details, and sensitive research and financial data. NDAs may be unilateral ("One-Way In" or “One-Way Out”), involving a party either disclosing or receiving confidential information, or Bilateral ("Two-Way"), with mutual exchange of confidential information.

Georgia Tech offers standard NDA templates, including an NDA-In, NDA-Out, Mutual NDA and a specialized Contracts Legal Topic for student design project courses. Our NDA templates not only protect confidential information but also encompass terms consistent with Georgia Tech's requirements as a state agency within the State of Georgia.

NDA Processing and Oversight

Several offices at Georgia Tech facilitate execution of NDAs relevant to their respective areas, depending on the nature of information shared, context of the disclosure, and the parties involved. While use of Georgia Tech’s standard NDA templates is preferred, each office is able to review and negotiate third-party NDA templates as needed.

Georgia Tech employees, including GTRI employees, should consult with the appropriate office based on the context of the information exchange and the purpose of the NDA. Please note while the GTRI team within Legal Affairs manages GTRI-related NDAs which are not connected to sponsored research projects, NDAs supporting sponsored research are managed by Office of Sponsored Programs’ Office of Exchange Agreements (OEA). 

Additionally, below are guidelines to help identify the appropriate office for NDA assistance.

Note: Georgia Tech does not manage NDAs related to private consulting work performed by employees outside of their institutional roles. Such agreements are managed directly between the employee and the third-party entity. Employees engaging in external consultant work must comply with Georgia Tech's policies by disclosing external activities prior to entering any external agreements. See GT Policy § 5.6.5 Consulting.

For additional information or to report an external activity, please visit or contact Conflicts of Interest at

For questions about NDAs or confidential exchanges, please contact Legal Affairs at Ask Legal.

To request an NDA from Legal Affairs, please kindly fill out the NDA Routing Form and email it to Ask Legal.

Please inform us of any urgent deadlines, specifying the nature of the time constraints (e.g., meeting, conference call, proposal deadline, etc.). If an NDA is needed immediately, please indicate this by adding "RUSH" in bold, capitalized letters in your initial email.

For NDA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please check out: NDA Legal Topic FAQs

For questions or assistance with research-related NDAs, please reach out to the Office of Exchange Agreements (OEA) at

For a broader understanding of agreements at Georgia Tech, please refer to our Contracts Legal Topic.


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NDAs Related to Academic or Administrative Activities

  • NDAs in support of procurement activities
  • NDAs in support of exploratory discussions regarding academic collaborations
  • Student design course projects when the company is not under a student design course agreement with GTRC
  • NDAs in support of Department Sales and Services (DSS) activities
  • NDAs in support of GTPE and EI2 activities
  • NDAs with certain affiliated organizations (e.g., GT Foundation, GT Alumni Association, GATV, etc.)

NDAs Related to the Protection of Intellectual Property

  • Outbound NDA for sharing Georgia Tech intellectual property to facilitate commercialization and licensing activities
  • Outbound NDA to share Georgia Tech intellectual property detailed in an invention disclosure

NDAs in support of Research (Funded or Unfunded)

Effective September 1, 2022: Sponsored Programs Exchange Agreements are requested through Georgia Tech eRouting. Click above to get started, or watch our tutorial video

  • NDAs in support of exploratory discussions with potential partners or subcontractors regarding the pursuit of sponsored research
  • NDAs in support of discussionsregarding student design course projects when GTRC and the company have a contractual agreement specifically covering student design course projects
  • NDAs in support of discussions regarding activities necessary for the performance of research to satisfy Statement of Work (whether research is externally or internally funded)
  • NDAs in support of Research Center activities (excluding EI2 activities)
  • NDAs in support of exploratory conversations with potential vendors provided purchase of the goods or services will be charged to a sponsored program*

*Note: Please note that under certaincircumstances where execution of NDAobligates GT to use a certain vendor, vendorselection must be vetted by GT Purchasingprior tonegotiation and execution of NDA byExchange Agreements.