Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) are contracts that govern the transfer of tangible research materials and protect the rights of both the recipient and the provider of materials. The Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) reviews and negotiates incoming MTAs in which University of Iowa researchers request materials from other organizations and outgoing MTAs where the University of Iowa sends materials to an organization.
Do Not Transfer Your Materials Before Consulting the Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP).
A fully executed agreement (signed by the University of Iowa and the Recipient Institution’s authorized official) MUST be in place prior to any transfer of materials.
What is a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)?
- An MTA is a legal contract that governs the transfer of tangible materials between institutions for use in research.
- Materials to be transferred may include cell lines, plasmids, nucleotides, proteins, transgenic animals, plant varieties, bacteria, pharmaceuticals, software.
- An MTA addresses the rights, obligations, and restrictions of both the University of Iowa and the party receiving your materials parties regarding ownership, publication, intellectual property and permitted use and liability.
Material Transfer Agreement Checklist
Be sure to include this essential information with your Outgoing MTA request:
- Applicable IRBs
- Grant #s
- MTA forms from recipient institution
- If you have submitted an invention disclosure for your Materials, include the UIRF Reference Number
How outgoing MTAs are processed:
- Click here to access Wellspring Sophia in a new browser tab (Google Chrome or Firefox are recommended).
- Click “Login with your HawkID” and DO NOT use the username and password field.
- Go to TASKS at the right side of the page, select Request a New Online MTA.
- Be sure to click the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the page.
- DSP will receive your request. Please be sure to include the essential information with your outgoing MTA request:
- Applicable Institutional Review Board (IRB) Number
- University of Iowa Grant Program Number (if material was developed under an existing sponsored project)
- If you have submitted an invention disclosure for your materials, include the University of Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF) Reference Number
We encourage researchers to use external repositories to facilitate the sharing of materials.
- Ximbio – The University of Iowa has partnered with Ximbio, a non-profit reagent technology transfer service dedicated to life science research reagents of all kinds including antibodies, cell lines, mouse models and small molecules. When you start submit an out-going MTA request in Wellspring (see above) we will provide an automatic referral to Ximbio if the material is anything other than a plasmid. If you do not wish to work through Ximbio you may but the University of Iowa has limited resources to devote to these requests.
- Addgene – Addgene is a global, nonprofit repository that was created to help scientists share plasmids. When you start submit an out-going MTA request in Wellspring (see above) we will provide an automatic referral to Addgene if the material is a plasmid. If you do not wish to work through Addgene you may but the University of Iowa has limited resources to devote to these requests.
- Jackson Laboratories (JAX) – Jackson Laboratories is an independent, non-profit biomedical research institution providing mouse models.
- Mutant Mouse Resource & Research Centers (MMRRC) – The MMRRC serves as NIH’s premier repository of spontaneous and induced mutant mouse and cell lines. The MMRRC is supported by the National Institutes of Health.
- ATCC – ATCC is a repository of biolgoical materials whose missions focuses on microorganisms, cell lines, and other materials.
The list of external repositories above is not exclusive; the University of Iowa supports the use of other external repositories. However, it does not require their use. If you have questions related to transfers through another repository that is not listed here, please contact the Division of Sponsored Programs.
If you have questions, you may contact the Division of Sponsored Programs at 319-335-2123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.