Material Transfer Agreements

Materials transfer agreements are agreements between researchers, other scientist(s), and their respective institutions. A material transfer agreement allows researchers to share research materials, such as a cell line, plant germplasm, a chemical compound or a polymer with another scientist for research purposes, while protecting the intellectual property rights to the materials.

A material transfer agreement, signed by the University, must always be in place before a Principal Investigator at a PASSHE University receives material from an outside source or, in some cases, sends it to an outside source.

The terms and conditions of a material transfer agreement for receipt of material from an outside source are generally defined by three parameters:

·         The organizational characteristics of the material provider

·         The actual or potential value of the material to the provider

·         The source of funding that will support the work with the material

The parameters are reflected in the following scenarios:

·         Material Incoming from an Educational or Non-Profit Organization

·         Material Incoming from a For-Profit Entity

·         Material Incoming from the U.S. Government

·         Outgoing Material Transfers

·         “Shrink-wrap” or “Zip-lock” Material Transfer Agreement

The language that is generally acceptable to PASSHE in a materials transfer agreement that does not use the Simple Material Transfer Agreement is contained in the Incoming Material Transfer Agreement Standard Terms and Conditions.