Material transfer agreement (MTA)

A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is an agreement governing the transfer of material between two organisations where the recipient intends to use it for their own research purposes.

The MTA defines the rights of the provider and the recipient with respect to the materials and any derivatives.

Transferring biological materials

The most frequently transferred materials are biological materials such as reagents, cell lines, plasmids, and vectors.

The university is signatory to the Uniform Biological Materials Agreement (UBMTA), making it possible to exchange materials with other UBMTA signatories using only an UBMTA Implementing Letter.

Transferring non-biological materials

MTAs are relevant to non-biological materials, such as chemical compounds and even some types of software.

Make a new MTA request

Please download and complete the appropriate MTA Request form:

Email your completed form and all required attachments to

** It is important that you do not send materials to a colleague or another organisation until an MTA has been signed by both parties**

To minimise delays in the process:

  • make sure all compulsory questions marked with an asterisk are answered to the best of your ability. Please contact the Research Contracts Manager if you require any assistance whatsoever and
  • ensure you have included all required attachments