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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

What is a Material Transfer Agreement
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  • A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is used to protect interests in the material to be exchanged.
  • A MTA facilitates cooperative sharing to further a cooperative research effort.
  • A MTA is only necessary when there are concerns about protecting ownership rights, how the material might be used, or if the Cooperator might misrepresent ARS's involvement.
  • A MTA is not necessary for every minor item or chemical being exchanged.

Last Modified: 8/13/2016
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