A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is a legal contract that establishes the terms and conditions for transferring tangible research materials between the owner and recipient of those materials. MTAs are most often used for biological materials, such as plasmids, reagents, and cell lines, but may also be used for other types of materials, such as chemical compounds and some types of software. There are three common types of MTA: transfer between academic or research institutions, transfer from academia to industry, and transfer from industry to academia; each requires different terms and conditions.
If you need to put together an MTA, please contact the TTO by email at TTO@usd.edu or by phone at 605-677-6229. Additional details and information about MTAs are available on our portal page.
If your research involves an invention, protecting the intellectual property before disclosure is critical. A Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA) or Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) is a legal agreement between the University and another party that is used to facilitate discussions of confidential information. The agreement may be for confidential information coming into the university and/or going from USD to another party such as a research collaborator, industry research sponsor, or potential licensee. The parties covered by the CDA or NDA agree to not disclose nonpublic information covered by the agreement. Signing these agreements is the first step to maintaining privacy, protecting your intellectual property, and preserving property rights. There may also be circumstances in which you will be asked to maintain the confidentiality of information coming to USD. If you encounter a situation involving confidential information and a CDA/NDA is needed, please contact the TTO by email at TTO@usd.edu or by phone at 605-677-6229 to discuss the process.
If you plan to collaborate with a colleague or industry sponsor, you might want to consider putting together a collaboration agreement. Often, the best way to ensure a productive research partnership that is free of disputes is to put all the necessary details down on paper before the collaborative research begins. By knowing who will be responsible for what in advance, many disputes can be avoided. If you think you might need a collaboration agreement or if you need help putting together a sponsored research agreement, feel free to contact the Office of Research by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 605-677-5370 and we can help you determine what your next steps should be.