When do MTA's Apply?

Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) are binding written contracts that govern the use of exchanged material

Examples of materials include:
Assay Materials Technical Data Products
Monoclonal Antibodies Software Processes
Cell Lines Confidential Information Devices
Mouse Strains Integrated Circuit Designs Fabricated Equipment
Plant Varieties Blueprints Any Unique Material
A material transfer agreement is necessary when material is:
  • Arising from research and is not controlled by an existing third party agreement
  • Independently developed but assigned to UNH
  • Developed under UNH funding or external funding
A material transfer agreement is not necessary when material is:
  • Internally transferred among UNH entities
  • Resulting from one's academic activities (such as a syllabus or course notes)
  • Purchased
  • Developed under Work for Hire (transfer to a contractee or contractor per an existing agreement)
  • Transferred for diagnosis or testing
  • Arising from research but controlled by a third party, such as an industrial contract
  • Independently developed – no UNH resources were used to create the material and the material is not assigned to UNH
Issues addressed by material transfer agreements:
Intellectual property
  • Define and protect rights to innovations, intellectual property rights, and commercialization resulting from material
  • Define and protect rights to improvements to material and/or inventions made using material
  • Provide control over the distribution of material
  • Ensure acknowledgment of UNH investigators in publications resulting from use of their material 
  • Ensure recipients exercise care in handling material
  • Ensure recipients follow relevant federal guidelines relating to recombinant DNA, protection of human subjects in research, and the use of animals.

Contact Information

Jenna Matheny
Director of Technology Transfer
(603) 862-2422

MTA Forms