Material and Data Transfer Agreements

Material/Data Transfer Agreements are required anytime UM personnel send any materials, data or devices to another collaborator or institution. These agreements help to ensure that faculty and employees receive the credit for the intellectual property shared.

MTAs specify the rights, obligations, and restrictions of both the providing and receiving parties addressing issues such as ownership, publication, intellectual property and permitted use and liability.

Data transfer agreements work similarly, but protect intangible data, such as measurements from a study.

NOTE: If you are requesting inbound materials or data, the agreement in handled by our counterparts at the Office Research Administration. Please click here to send an email to directly contact the team that handles these requests.

Make a MTA/DTA Request

If you would like to send outbound materials to another institution, please complete this questionnaire, email it it to, and someone from our office will begin the process of drafting an agreement to cover your transfer. Please note, that the average turnaround time for these agreements is around 2-4 weeks.