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Decision Tree Question 12

Did an external sponsor, vendor, collaborator or other third party provide, under a Non-Disclosure Agreement or a Confidentiality Agreement*, the item, information or software to be shared, shipped, transmitted or transferred?

YES  |  NO

*A reminder about NDAs and similar confidentiality agreements:

University of Tennessee faculty may be asked to accept confidential, proprietary, or export controlled data or material as part of a research project subject to a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) signed by both the discloser and the recipient. NDAs may include licensing agreements which limit or prohibit the disclosure or transfer of the licensed data or materials.

In addition, if you accept confidential or proprietary information subject to a Confidentiality or Non-Disclosure Agreement, and the disclosure restrictions affect your ability to publish research results, the research itself will lose its characterization as “fundamental research” for export control purposes. Should the research entail information or software identified on US export control lists, and you wish to have foreign nationals participate in the research, you may be required to obtain an export license.

Of course, if the confidential data pertains to such information as personal health, income, or other demographic data that does not have a strategic significance (and is thus not identified on US export control lists), then export control restrictions on foreign national participation would not apply.

If you have any questions about this, or if you are asked to sign such an agreement, contact Jane Burns ( or James Andes ( and ask for a review of the agreement.

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