A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is a contract between the provider of material and the recipient. It grants the recipient a licence to use the proprietary material and ensures that both parties understand how the materials can be used. MTAs govern issues such as ownership of derivatives and modifications of the materials, the transfer of risk, limits on use, confidentiality of information in relation to the materials and rights to inventions, and research results arising out of use of the materials. Just as research sponsorship agreements and confidentiality agreements can affect the ownership and dissemination of research results, so too can MTAs.
All agreements must be reviewed by the Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO) to make sure they comply with U of T policies, before they are sent to the third party.
You will need to submit a request to draft, negotiate, and sign a Material Transfer Agreement to IPO via the My Research web portal. To submit a request, please follow these steps:
Refer to the following resources for additional assistance on submitting a request:
IPO will initiate the negotiation process using the U of T standard template, found below, and will contact external parties well in advance of the proposed exchange.
Following the execution of the research agreement, all project participants will be expected to complete a Confidential Information & Intellectual Property (“CIIP”) Agreement.