There are several types of contractual agreements utilized for research at the University. Information and templates are provided below.
Material transfer agreement (MTA)
What is a material transfer agreement (MTA)?
An MTA is a legally binding agreement which sets forth the rights and obligations between a provider and a recipient with regard to the exchange of tangible research material.
When is an MTA required?
An MTA is required prior to the exchange of any tangible research material, either incoming to or outgoing from the University of Nevada, Reno.
What is "material"?
Tangible research material, by example, includes but is not limited to the following:
- Transgenic mice
- Cell lines
- Gene constructs
- Chemical compounds
- Human tissue
Why are MTAs used?
- To guard against potential liabilities arising from the transfer
- To protect intellectual property rights on material outbound to others
- To secure proper acknowledgments for use of the material
- To protect publication rights
- To address rights to the matter produced from the material
- To provide notice as to the material in/outgoing at UNR
- To comply with any restrictions on a sponsored project
How to acquire an MTA
Confidentiality: Non-disclosure agreement (NDA)
Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) set the stage to begin discussions regarding licensing, partnerships and commercialization of research by protecting confidential information that will be exchanged in order to evaluate the technical and commercial potential of the disclosed information.
- Sponsored research contract
Data use agreements
A Data Use Agreement is a legally binding agreement between the University of Nevada, Reno and an external entity (e.g., another academic institution, private company, federal or state agency) which governs the terms by which data derived from research is shared with that external entity, especially where personal identifiable data is subject to legal privacy laws and regulations.