NREL's nondisclosure agreement (NDA) process ensures the strict confidentiality of proprietary or confidential information between the laboratory and a partner. We've established this process to develop mutually beneficial R&D collaborations in a straightforward, flexible, timely, and efficient manner.
Unilateral Nondisclosure Agreement — NREL Disclosing
NREL provides its proprietary information to the other party.
Unilateral Nondisclosure Agreement — Company Disclosing
The other party provides proprietary information to NREL.
Bilateral Nondisclosure Agreement
Both NREL and the other party provide proprietary information to each other.
The first step involves identifying the need for a nondisclosure agreement. To make its decision, NREL uses the U.S. Department of Energy's definitions of proprietary information, and it determines whether such an agreement will advance NREL's mission.
If there's a need for a nondisclosure agreement, NREL will prepare the appropriate template and provide it to the partner. In some situations NREL may agree to use another party’s template. NREL requires, among other things, that nondisclosure agreements include the following basic elements:
- Description of the proprietary or confidential information to be shared in nonproprietary terms
- Exclusions to the nondisclosure of information
- Specific duration of the nondisclosure agreement and confidentiality period
The parties will review the nondisclosure agreement and, if needed, negotiate revisions to agreement terms.
Once the nondisclosure agreement has been finalized, designated signatories will review and sign the agreement.
NREL generally expects that nondisclosure agreements can be executed within one week. Longer timelines are generally the result of having incomplete information or terms negotiations. If you have a question regarding the status of a nondisclosure agreement, please call your technical contact.