Material Transfer Agreements (MTA)
A Material Transfer Agreement is a legal contract that governs the transfer of a material from the owner to the researcher and organisation wishing to use the material for research purposes. A Material Transfer Agreement is required for all material transferred in or out of the university to third parties. Researchers are not permitted to sign Material Transfer Agreement which must be approved and signed by authorised personnel within RIN.
Request a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)
Please contact your Project Officer to request RIN to:
review an incoming Material Transfer Agreement that has been forwarded to you for review and signature ; or
prepare an outgoing Material Transfer Agreement so that you can supply you material to others
An outgoing Material Transfer Agreement (UEA is the provider of the material) dictates what the researcher can or cannot do with the material supplied and sets outs any conditions and liabilities regarding use of the material. Whereas an incoming Material Transfer Agreement (UEA is the recipient of the material) clearly sets out what you can or cannot do with the materials and may include provisions allowing you to publish the results.
Who should sign the Material Transfer Agreement?
Authorized RIN personnel must approve and sign all Material Transfer Agreements, because:
only authorised RIN staff have the legal authority to sign Material Transfer Agreements on behalf of the University
all Material Transfer Agreement should be between UEA and the party requesting the Agreement (not an individual academic or School)
RIN will negotiate with the other party on any issues within the document that may be contentious and to safeguard your ability to publish if appropriate.