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Data Use Agreements

Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) helps in the administration, drafting, review, and ultimately the signature on Data Use Agreements* related to research.

A Data Use Agreement may be needed when there is a transfer of certain types of information to Vanderbilt University from an outside entity. Data types that may need a DUA might include human or animal subject research, data protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) [including Protected Health Information (PHI)], education records as defined by the Family Educational Rights Act (FERPA), or Personally Identifiable Information (PII).  This list of examples is not exhaustive.

SPA works in conjunction with VUIT to ensure compliance with the terms of a Data Use Agreement prior to signature.

VUIT requires completion of this REDCap form which will assist in assessing contracting and information security needs in order to receive data in a manner according to regulations and University compliance requirements.  Please include a pdf of the form (which will be emailed to you upon completion) in a new VERA "Create Agreement" Agreement Type: Data Use Agreement request along with a copy of the draft Data Use Agreement.  Click here for the "Department Guide to requesting & submitting an Unfunded Agreement to SPA".

For questions about the form, contract/agreement, or general DUA processes contact:   

For questions about information security requirements contact:


*May also be called “Data Transfer Agreement,” “Data Transfer and Use Agreement,” or other similar title.  The form may also be required for any research-related agreement containing data security requirements (e.g., Nondisclosure Agreement, Sponsored Research Agreement).