Overview of Material Transfer Agreement


What is this document?

A Material Transfer Agreement governs the use and transfer of materials to be used for scientific research.


When would I use this document?

This agreement may be used when an entity is providing materials to be used for research and wishes to establish the rights and obligations of the receiving party.


Who signs this document?

This agreement is signed by the provider and the recipient of the material transfer.  


More details about this document

A Material Transfer Agreement is often used when providing materials to utilized in research and development. The provider of the material is able to establish the permitted uses for the materials and any derivative rights the provider may possess as a result of the research’s outcomes. These agreements may be used in a variety of contexts including between for profit businesses, between for profit businesses and academic institutions, and between academic institutions.  


What are the core elements of this document?

The core elements of a Material Transfer Agreement include: Provider and Recipient Investigators, Scope of Project, Use of Materials and Confidentiality of Agreement.

Additional clauses may include: Termination and Restriction on Transfer of Materials.


Related Documents

Confidentiality Agreement or NonDisclosure Agreement – an agreement that protects the confidentiality of information.

Intellectual Property Transfer – an agreement that transfers the rights to intellectual property.


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