In order to facilitate broad access to research resources, the university encourages its researchers to consider depositioning university-owned research tools at permanent storage sites for further distribution. Examples may be entities like Jackson Labs or Addgene. Researchers who identify an interest repository that accepts materials can use MyRA to send an MTA (transfer direction – shipment) to the Office of Sponsored Programs for such filings. For any questions about deposits, please contact 412-624-7419. The transfer of material between scientists is an important element of academic and scientific cooperation. In order to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to protect the intellectual property of the university and its faculty, preserve confidentiality where appropriate and minimize risks to the university, its faculty and staff, it is necessary to implement this policy. Cooperation agreements involving researchers from more than one organization may develop formally at the beginning of the preparation of the proposal or be formally required by a funding agency as part of a proposal. Where there is cooperation with a staff member of a commercial enterprise, it is necessary to formalize a cooperation agreement with the university and to address intellectual property rights. Cooperation agreements with a commercial enterprise must be verified by Contracting Services. If collaboration exists between a researcher from the University of Arizona and a non-University of Arizona, a non-company auditor, a statement of intent is considered a proven method. The Memorandum of Understanding should contain a declaration of cooperation, the identification of the scientists responsible for each activity and one or two sentences describing what each collaborator will bring. This letter should only be between the auditors, unless the promoter requires a signature from the university, in which case contract services must be involved. All transmissions of research equipment, software or data must comply with export control rules and trade sanctions.
A material transfer contract (MTA) is a contract that governs the transfer of research material between two organizations when the recipient intends to use it for his or her own research purposes. The MTA defines the rights of the supplier and the rights and obligations of the recipient with respect to materials and all offspring, derivatives or modifications.