A Data Use Agreement (DUA; also known as a Data Transfer & Use Agreement or DTUA) is a contract used for the transfer of data that has been developed by nonprofit, government or private industry, where the data is nonpublic or is otherwise subject to some restrictions on its use. The data may be needed as a necessary component of a research project. It may or may not be human subject data from a clinical trial, or a Limited Data Set as defined in HIPAA.
Universities want to ensure that DUA terms protect confidentiality when necessary but permit appropriate publication and sharing of research results in accordance with University policies, applicable laws and regulations, and federal requirements.
Georgia Tech is a state-related entity that receives a large proportion of its research funding from the U.S. federal government. In order to ensure that DUAs meet Institute policies as well as the requirements of funding agencies, the Office of Sponsored Programs' Exchange Agreements team will review DUA requests and handle the negotiation and signature of DUAs.