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Material Transfer Agreements

A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is a legal contract that governs the transfer of tangible research materials between two organizations when the recipient intends to use the materials for his or her own research purposes. The MTA outlines the liabilities for use of the materials in addition to any intellectual property rights associated with the use and modification of the materials. Biological materials, such as reagents, cell lines, plasmids, and vectors, are the most frequently transferred materials, but MTAs may also be used for other types of materials, such as chemical compounds and even some types of software.

Requesting Material Transfer Agreements

Most Material Transfer Agreements are designed to provide easy and quick access to research tools; that is, these agreements do not normally require lengthy legal negotiation. To request a new Material Transfer Agreement, you should contact Virginia Tech’s Office of Sponsored Programs and complete a Request for Material Transfer Agreement form, available here: .

Completed forms should be forwarded to along with any agreements provided to you for review. If you have questions regarding MTAs, please contact Cyndy Williams at or at 540-231-3371.