Materials may include cultures, cell lines, plasmids, nucleotides, proteins, bacteria, transgenic animals, pharmaceuticals, other chemicals, alloys and other materials of scientific or commercial value. Faculty members who come or leave the UH must have an MTA before they can transfer materials from other institutions such as plasmids, cell lines, animals, etc. Material Transfer Agreements (MMA) are contractual documents that are used for the acquisition of various biological and research materials and data sometimes developed by non-profit, public and private companies. Often, these materials are a necessary part of a research project and are only available from a single, often industrial, source. The industry may view its materials as important proprietary resources and assert ownership of inventions made with these materials or limit the publication of adverse results. Universities will want to ensure that the conditions of the MTA allow for the full dissemination of research results and are not at odds with other higher education policies. Because of these differences of opinion, negotiations to meet the needs of both parties may take time. The usual areas of negotiation are publications, the exploitation of research results and the appropriation of the technology produced by research. Our university is a public institution that receives a large portion of its research funds from the U.S. federal government. To ensure that MTAs comply with higher education policy and funding agency requirements, the university will review ODA to ensure compliance with NIH guidelines, including principles and guidelines for NIH scholarship recipients and contracts to obtain and disseminate biomedical research resources.
A. The MTA must clearly identify the materials to be transmitted. These are typically biological materials such as bacteria, cell lines, cultures, nucleotides, plasmids, proteins, reagents, transgenic animals, vectors and pharmaceuticals. B. However, many organic materials are expensive to produce, package and ship. As a general rule, institutions will claim reimbursement for their costs of supplying unique biological materials to other researchers, in accordance with an MTA. Outgoing MTAs allow CU Boulder researchers to make materials available to recipients while protecting CU Boulder`s Intellectual Property (IP) protection. F. “When scientists began to warn that research progress was increasingly hampered by lengthy MTA negotiations, universities and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) took action by partnering with the development of a standard process for transferring materials between academic institutions. COGR brochure, id.