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Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)

A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is a legal contract that governs the transfer of tangible research materials between two organizations for research purposes. The agreement outlines the terms and conditions under which the materials can be transferred and used by the recipient organization.

An MTA typically includes information such as the type and quantity of materials being transferred, the purpose of the transfer, any restrictions on use or transfer of the materials, and any intellectual property rights associated with the materials. The agreement may also cover issues related to liability, warranties, and confidentiality.

MTAs are commonly used in the scientific community for the transfer of biological materials, such as cell lines, plasmids, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as well as other research materials, such as chemicals and data. The purpose of an MTA is to ensure that the transfer of materials is conducted in a manner that respects the rights of the provider and the recipient and minimizes any risks associated with the transfer.