Working with UTRF
The state of Tennessee is proud to be consistently recognized as having one of the most business-friendly environments in the US, and the University of Tennessee Research Foundation works to live up to this standard. At UTRF, we believe in getting deals done. We also know that companies usually have a choice of partners to work with, so we will work with you to find the deal terms that benefit all parties.
To help speed the licensing process UTRF recommends starting a negotiation from one of our template agreements, provided below. However, working from a UTRF template is completely optional. If you feel that the template is not appropriate, or simply would prefer to start from your own template, just let us know.
UTRF Tech Transfer serves as a bridge between researchers, industry, entrepreneurs and investors.
- 3-Way Confidentiality Agreement
A three-way confidentiality agreement is a standard non-disclosure agreement for discussions involving a UTRF technology.
- 2-Way Confidentiality Agreement
The two-way confidentiality agreement is a non-disclosure agreement if UTRF is not a party. This is usually used when a company wants to discuss its own technology with a UT faculty member.
- Evaluative MTA
An evaluative MTA is a material transfer agreement used to send tangible material to a potential partner for evaluation, but that does not grant other commercial rights.
- Commercial MTA
A commerical MTA is a material transfer agreement used to send tangible material to a partner for commercial use or sale. This agreement is used in conjunction with a license agreement.
An option agreement is for partners who are looking for a limited period of exclusivity to evaluate a technology or conduct diligence.
- License Agreement
This is UTRF’s standard license agreement.
- Sponsored Research Agreement
UTRF does not manage industry-sponsored research agreement (each campus has its own Office of Research) but we do frequently advise UT on these contracts.