What is an MTA?

A material transfer agreement is a legal agreement between an institution providing material or data and the institution receiving that material or data.  It governs the rights and obligations of each party in relation to the material or data.

MTAs protect the provider of materials. In addition to protecting the University and provider from liability, MTAs help to maintain the UCSF's property rights associated with materials "outbound" to other researchers. MTAs also ensure that our researchers get properly acknowledged for providing the materials to the scientific community.