Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) are legally binding contracts between providers of materials and the recipients of those materials. They detail everything from the cost of receiving the materials, what may and may not be done using the materials, and who owns any intellectual property arising from the use of the materials. The terms of each agreement commit the University to a course of action (or inaction). Therefore, it is essential that all MTAs are reviewed by a professional and signed by a designated official with signatory authority.
At the University of Rochester, MTAs are processed through the Office of Research and Project Administration. Please forward any MTAs (or requests for an MTA) — along with an appropriate checklist — to ORPA.