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Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)

Receiving or Providing Materials

Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is a contract that governs the transfer of tangible research materials between two organizations, when the recipient intends to use it for his or her own research purposes. At NAIST, the Division for Industry-Government-Academia Collaboration reviews and approves incoming and outgoing MTAs.
Contact Information
Division for Industry-Government-Academia Collaboration
[ E-mail ] ip-3f@ip.naist.jp
[ TEL ] 0743-72-5191

For Industry

Companies wishing to receive research materials developed at NAIST may be allocated such materials, for which a fee is charged in principle, after concluding the Material Transfer Agreement. To submit request, please contact the faculty and the Division for Industry-Government-Academia Collaboration (ip-3f@ip.naist.jp).

For Academic (or not-for-profit) Institutions

Exchange of materials between academic (or not-for-profit) institutions is relatively straightforward. Academic institutions wishing to receive research materials developed at NAIST, please contact a provider (researcher) directly for MTA procedure. Free of charge in principle (separate charge may be requested if production cost is high ).

For NAIST researchers

A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is a written contract entered into by a provider and a recipient of research material that governs the transfer of tangible research materials between two organizations. The MTA defines the rights of the provider and the recipient with respect to the materials and any derivatives. Biological materials, such as reagents, cell lines, plasmids, and vectors, are the most frequently transferred materials.

MTA Rules at NAIST

When providing or receiving research materials, an MTA must be concluded.
  • Provision of materials to other academic institutions is in principle free of charge, but if large costs are involved in the material’s production the receiving institution may be requested to pay the actual production cost.
  • A fee is charged in principle for the provision of materials to companies. Open source materials will be provided as open source only as an exception.
  • Receipt from other academic institutions is in principle free of charge, but as an exception materials may be received from institutions such as RIKEN that incorporate internal organizations selling materials.
  • Receipt from companies is in principle free of charge, but as an exception purchases may be made from companies selling research materials.
  Other institution
Academic institution Company
NAIST standpoint Provide materials Free of charge in principle ( separate charge may be requested if production cost is high ) Fee charged in principle ( except materials offered free of charge to all companies as open source )
Receive materials Free of charge in principle ( except particular institutions such as RIKEN ) Free of charge in principle ( except companies selling research materials, etc. )

MTA Procedure

  1. Submit request to:
    Division for Industry-Government-Academia Collaboration
    [E-mail]:ip-3f@ip.naist.jp
    [TEL]:0743-72-5191
    [ FAX ] :0743-72-5015
    *Sample MTA format»

MTA Procedure for NAIST researcher

Since July 1, 2007, a revision to the regulations has delegated the right to conclude some MTAs for research materials to faculty with the status of assistant professor or above.