Frequently Asked Questions

The processing time for an MTA can vary widely. For example, the MTA review process usually takes longer when the provider is a for-profit entity, because the company usually stipulates more restrictions regarding rights to potential IP, confidentiality and the review of proposed publications. In addition, the MTA review process may take more time when the provider is not the owner. In the latter case, the owning institution is typically contacted to provide permission for the transfer.

Determining the original owner of the material(s) to the best of your abilities will assist in initiating the MTA accurately and can help avoid correspondence delays in the future. Often with larger institutions, identifying the proper signatory/tech transfer officer can be time consuming and cause delay, especially if the agreement is with an international partner. If you have any contact information for the appropriate tech transfer officer or you have a relationship with the requesting/sending PI that would aid in determining this information, including this in your questionnaire will speed up the initiation of the MTA process. Filling out the Material Transfer In/Out Questionnaire accurately and fully will always be the best first step toward an expeditious MTA approval for all parties.

Yes, because the scientist is not the owner of the material.  The authorized official of the owning institution, where the material was created, has to provide such permission.

No, unless the material is for a different research scope or if the previous MTA specified the quantity of material transferred.

Yes, unless the authorized official of the providing institution states otherwise in writing.

Yes, an MTA is needed for any outgoing transfer of compounds and biological materials.

No.  An MTA is intended for a researcher with a specific research scope.

No. The materials are owned by the institution where they were created, and that institution must give its permission.