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A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) governs the transfer of biological, chemical, archeological and other materials from one organization to another. Usually the materials in question are proprietary and are not otherwise available, and they are provided for a specific research purpose under the restrictions that are outlined in the MTA. These agreements cover transfers of material from other institutions or corporations to SFU, as well as transfers from SFU to other institutions and corporations. Like all agreements involving SFU, MTAs undergo unique internal approval procedures before they can be finalized.
SFU is a signatory to the AUTM Uniform Biological MTA Master Agreement and in appropriate cases will deal with other signatories through an Implementing Letter.
For outgoing material, an SFU researcher should submit a Material Transfer Agreement Application Form to Research Services (email@example.com). Thereafter, the SFU researcher either:
- Obtains a standard MTA from Research Services and sends it to their colleague at the receiving institution, or
- Requests that MTA be prepared and sent by Research Services in consultation with the SFU researcher.
When the MTA has been signed by SFU and the receiving institution, the SFU researcher will be advised that the transfer of material can proceed.
Note: In situations where identical outgoing material is routinely sent under the standard MTA, Research Services is usually involved only when an agreement is to be signed or when the receiving institution requests changes to the standard MTA.