Last Revised: August 18, 2020

A 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. The MTA defines the rights of the provider and the recipient with respect to the materials and any derivatives. Please find more information on the MTA website.

Whenever research materials are transferred into or out of Penn, a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) must be completed and signed by an authorized Penn representative.

The Research Inventory System enables the submission and management of requests for research materials transferred into or out of Penn:

Penn faculty wanting to initiate their MTA must submit a request in the Research Inventory System (PennKey Authentication Required). Please click on "Create/amend request" under "My MTA/NMA requests" on the left hand side of the Research Inventory page to begin the submission.

If you are an external party and would like to initiate a MTA request, please contact the Penn Principal Investigator directly.