A-11) Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)

Review date: 
February 08, 2018
Responsible office: 
Office of Sponsored Research


  • A written agreement entered into by a provider and a recipient of tangible research material, including biological materials or mice to transfer the material while protecting the intellectual and other property rights of the provider, so that the research with the material may proceed.
  • Incoming MTAs govern the transfer of material from another organization to UCSF.
  • Outgoing MTAs govern the transfer of materials from UCSF to an outside entity; payment is limited to shipping and handling costs only. Tissue transfer agreements are a sub-set of material transfer agreements.