A material transfer contract (MTA) is a contract between the university and one or more external agencies. For example, a university, a company or a non-profit organization, to facilitate and regulate the transfer of proprietary physical research material and the transfer of data and related information. A typical MTA contains terms that indicate that Office of Research (OR) officials have the power to request, negotiate and execute research rewards on behalf of regents. OR staff will support research agreements, hardware transfer agreements, confidentiality and confidentiality agreements, and licensing agreements. OR staff can help identify appropriate contacts and facilitate these agreements. The OR Sponsored Programs Department is responsible for developing appropriate and effective research agreements with industry and other potential collaborators. Develop, use and manage agreement databases (currently Microsoft Access) and provide numerous reports and analysis within UCD and the President`s Office. Overview of the market: analyzing, designing, negotiating and preparing agreements on materials and data transmission and the intellectual property agreements related to it, under the general control of the Intellectual Property Manager. An IP that must initiate an MTA must send an application form (DOC) completed by e-mail to MTA@ucdavis.edu at least 60 days before the equipment is needed, as many MTAs must be negotiated. Nevertheless, the majority of MTAs are written, negotiated and/or executed within 60 days. In addition, UC is a signatory to the Uniform Biological Material Transfer Agreement (UBMTA), which allows UC Davis to transfer materials with many other universities and non-profit organizations using a standard matching agreement.
As a general rule, each party can terminate the research contract provided that one of the parties finds that the research project is no longer academically, technically or commercially feasible. However, the university cannot suffer financial losses due to termination. If the contract is terminated, the promoter is expected to reimburse the university for all project costs incurred up to the termination date, as well as for all non-resilient project support obligations. Ability to negotiate with others to reach an agreement. The University of California has identified eight fundamental principles that will be addressed in agreements reached by the university with outside parties. Rights and obligations for future research results must be based on these principles. All data rights resulting from employment in universities or the use of university funds belong to the university. Ownership of copyrighted documents and data developed under a contract or promotion by a commercial sponsor is generally owned by the university.
As a university, the university must ensure that the data, information and materials for academic dissemination and scientific validation obtained during the research remain widely available. Maintaining the rights to these research products allows the university to ensure that its faculty can continue its research without undue hindrance. When a Principal Investigator (PI) is required to send materials to a company, for-profit organization, university or non-profit organization, Technology Transfer Services designs an MTA using documents verified by the Office of Technology Transfer and the Office of General Counsel at the Office of the President of the University of California. When an IP is to receive material from a business, for-profit organization, university or non-profit organization, technology transfer services must generally use the MTA of the company or organization that provides the equipment.