Material Transfer Agreements (MTA)

A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is a written contract that governs the transfer of tangible research materials. MTAs define the rights, obligations and restrictions for both the provider and recipient with respect to the materials and any derivatives, and any confidential information exchanged with the material. These agreements may include language related to: rights to intellectual property (actual and potential), liability, confidentiality of provider information, publication of recipient research results, permitted use of the material, and other associated legal issues that the provider and recipient may wish to specify in the transaction.

A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) must always be in place before a principal investigator (PI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison receives material from an outside source. When a PI sends material off campus, an MTA is recommended but not required unless the material is managed by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).

Please see the CALS Research Division Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) or Research and Graduate Education Material Transfer Agreements (MTA) pages for more information.