Science & Research
Material Transfer Agreement
Purpose of a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA): To effect a simple transfer of proprietary material with supporting information either to or from FDA. The MTA document defines the terms and conditions for transferring the material.
- At the time of transfer no collaboration is anticipated.
- The recipient may use the materials for research purposes only.
- The recipient will follow applicable laws and regulations concerning safe use and handling of the materials.
- The recipient will not transfer the materials to a third party.
If the materials belong to FDA and the recipient would like to use the materials for commercial purposes, the recipient may enter into a license agreement for that use of the materials. A license for commercial use by the recipient may be obtained for FDA materials covered by a U.S. government patent and for FDA biological materials not protected by a patent.
If the parties anticipate a cooperative research effort over a period of time or if staff or equipment is to be supplied by one or more parties, a CRADA (Cooperative Research and Development Agreement) is the proper instrument to use. In cooperative research efforts involving the contribution of funds from the outside partner to FDA, a CRADA is also the appropriate agreement to use. No funds are provided from FDA to the outside partner under a CRADA.