Material transfer agreements (ATMs) are legally binding contracts that are used to transfer physical research equipment between two organisations (suppliers and beneficiaries). MTAs determine the recipient`s authorized use of the material, determine the rights granted to each party, and offer protection of each party`s intellectual property. MTAs define the transferred material and set conditions for issues such as ownership, authorized use of material, publication of results, development of inventions and liability. Establishing preconditions for the transfer of equipment avoids problems and misunderstandings after the start of the search. Violation of an MTA carries legal and financial risks for the relevant institute and the researchers involved. MTAs protect the rights of parties in terms of publication, freedom of research, confidentiality and intellectual property. Three types of MTAs are most common in academic institutions: transfer between academic or research institutions, transfer of science to industry, and transfer from industry to science. Each type has different conditions. The TEAM of OSP Contracts supports the negotiation of funded agreements (CTAs, RFAs, etc.) and unfunded agreements (MTAs, CDAs, etc.). Funded and unfunded agreements seek to respond to your request through ResearchUVA once you have initiated the process. In addition, you can access the documentation of your application via ResearchUVA, including the agreement executed in its entirety.
MTA process for IXA VU and VUmc In order to correctly respond to an MTA request, IXA requires you to complete an admission form. This form contains all the information useful to the legal division for the development/revision of the agreement. If you have received an MTA from an outsider, please attach the MTA project with the IXA admission form. MTAs and LESAs are legally binding agreements and can only be signed by authorized university officials. For incoming MTAs (since the owner of the research material determines the conditions under which he wishes to share the material with our university), the PI/PI department should secure the MTA proposed by the owner of the Signatory Authority research equipment: the authority of the signatories refers to people who, because of their position at Eastern Michigan University, have the opportunity to sign on behalf of Eastern Michigan University.