Getting Started:  Electronic Signature

Electronic Signature:

Electronic signature (E-Signature) allows users to confirm acceptance of a document without the need for a wet ink signature or the purchase of digital certificates. The electronic signature binds the user to the agreement as fully as a wet ink signature.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I sign up for e-signature?

Organizations who wish to use electronic signatures must opt-in during registration.
- NIH IC’s – Submit the Electronic Signature Agreement
- External (Non-NIH) Organizations – Complete the e-signature portion of the Participation Agreement.
Individual users do not need to submit e-signature agreements. The user’s signature permissions are determined by the organization.

Do individual users need to submit e-signature agreements?

No - Once an organization opts-in to e-signature, all users within the organization automatically receive e-signature permissions.

Is e-signature mandatory for participation in TAD?

No - TAD supports wet-ink signatures for organizations who do not wish to participate in e-signature. To use e-signatures for an MTA, both organizations must support e-signature. If one party requires wet-ink signatures, then both parties must use wet-ink signatures.

What does an e-signature look like on the MTA document?

The signature comprises a time stamp, the user’s screen name, and the user’s title.


How do I sign with a wet ink signature?

To sign using a wet ink signature, users may print the document, sign, and then scan and upload the document back into TAD. Users may also mail the original document back to the appropriate NIH technology transfer office if required.