Material Transfer Agreements
Note: The information presented on this page has been adapted from materials provided by the NIH Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) .
What Is An MTA?
An MTA (or Material Transfer Agreement) is a mechanism to facilitate the free transfer of proprietary materials and/or information between NIMH scientists and other institutions, whether they are for-profit or non-profit institutions. MTAs are used when the following circumstances obtain:
- The receiving party wishes to obtain proprietary material and/or information to use for his/her own research purposes.
- No research collaboration between the parties is planned.
- Neither rights in intellectual property nor rights for commercial purposes may be granted under this type of agreement.
- The agreement clearly sets forth the terms and conditions under which the recipient of the material and/or information, provided by either the NIMH scientist or other party, may use it.