Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) are agreements between a supplier and a user of
research materials. MTAs
govern the use of the transferred material and are necessary to protect the rights
of both the provider and recipient
and advance academic research.
Many MTAs include provisions that can cause the recipient to lose the rights to their
creations or inventions. Additionally,
these agreements may include language that can be used to prevent the recipient from
publishing or even continuing his/her
research. Accordingly, it is vital that you never enter into an MTA on your own behalf.
All MTAs must be processed by the Technology Transfer Office. Please note that the
process is the same for both
incoming and outgoing MTAs.
Complete an MTA Checklist. The Technology Transfer Office is available to assist in
To expedite the process please send the MTA Checklist along with either a copy of
the Template MTA in
MS Word (if you are providing material) or the Provider’s MTA (if you are receiving
material), and the
contact information for the appropriate representative who is responsible for negotiating
the MTA to the
Technology Transfer Office.
The MTA Checklist is reviewed by a research compliance officer while the MTA is reviewed
by a staff
member in the Technology Transfer Office.
After the MTA Checklist is approved by a research compliance officer and the terms
of the MTA are
finalized, the MTA will be forwarded in order to obtain the necessary signatures.
After all of the requisite signatures are obtained, the Technology Transfer Office
will provide the
recipient scientist with a copy of the fully executed MTA.