Material Transfer Agreements

What is a Material Transfer (MTA) Agreement?

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 (UNR).

What is "Material"?

Tangible research material, by example, includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Transgenic mice
  • Cell lines
  • Gene constructs
  • Antibodies
  • Chemical compounds
  • Human tissue
  • Software
  • Plasmids
  • Vectors
  • Reagents

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

Complete the Incoming/Outgoing Materials Transfer Request (SP-MTR) form and email to April Sferrazzo,, in Enterprise and Innovation. To view sample MTAs, please visit the Research Agreements page.