Material Transfer Agreements

Sending/Receiving Chemical and Biological Materials

Outgoing material
Biological and in some cases other materials may be proprietary. In order to protect both your publication and potential patent rights, the sharing, transmittal and use of such materials should be governed by an agreement. Researchers who intend to transfer materials from their laboratory at Caltech to others, whether at other academic institutions, research institutes or for-profit organizations, are urged to consult with OTT. We will make every effort to put in place an appropriate Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) in the most expeditious manner possible, ensuring that your research and that of your collaborator(s) can proceed without delay.

Incoming material
When you request materials from other organizations, whether other academic institutions, research institutes or for-profit organizations, you will usually be requested to sign (and have Caltech sign) an MTA sent by such organization. These MTAs contain provisions limiting your right to use the material and may contain provisions limiting your right to publish the results of your research and/or granting rights in the results of your research to the other organization. Therefore, whenever an MTA is received for materials to be provided to Caltech researchers by a third party (whether another non-profit or a for-profit institution), the receiving researcher should forward the MTA to OTT for review, negotiation and signature.

Please refer questions regarding MTAs to mta@caltech.edu.

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