What is an MTA

A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is a tool widely used in the scientific community for the sharing of reagents (often biological) and materials. Many of these transfers are vital for the progress of research. Most companies (and a large number academic institutions) will not release materials until there is a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) in place between the provider and the recipient.

An MTA is in effect a contract between the owner (or licensee) of materials to a third party, which concerns the transfer of materials for internal research purposes only. Materials may include;

  • Cultures
  • Cell lines
  • Plasmids
  • Nucleotides
  • Proteins
  • Bacteria
  • Transgenic animals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Other chemicals

MTAs can also be used for the transfer of materials in any field.