Material Transfer Agreements (MAS) govern the transfer of equipment from other companies to Stanford. The Industrial Contracts Office (ICO) must verify and sign all MTAs. If the requested material requires the approval of the Biosecurity Management Board (APB), the ICO will contact Biosafety for verification. Fill out the information form online and send it. ICO will confirm the receipt by email and contact the lead investigator to verify the information contained in the admission form. ICO will then contact the receiving party to negotiate and sign the agreement. Access to large datasets is an important part of research at Stanford. Often, data providers or recipients need a written or online agreement signed. Data agreements are different from hardware transfer agreements, which typically involve the transfer of hardware laboratory equipment such as reagents, cell lines or mice. Not always.
Stanford encourages researchers to share laboratory materials, if possible, without any agreement. Some implementing agencies send an MTA to the lab. The admission form can be forwarded to the OIC. After checking the admission form and the MTA, ICO will contact PI and negotiate contractual terms if necessary. ICO will sign the MTA and send it to IP for confirmation. After signing, the supplier sends the materials directly to the laboratory. MTAs are required for the transfer of human tissue (see below) and california Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) of extracted materials. Data agreements that involve obligations on the part of the university are verified by one of the aforementioned contractual bodies. For more information on how to process data agreements and which they can sign, see the February 2015 memo from Vice-Provost and Council. Stanford encourages the free exchange of information and materials with fellow researchers, whether these colleagues work in other academic or non-profit institutions or in industry. The growing practice of using MTAs when non-human biological materials are shared for in vitro research has become an obstacle to these interactions.
We have worked with our peers to eliminate, as far as possible, the use of ATMs and instead rely on the long-standing practice of publicly recognizing colleagues for the documents they have made available in documents and presentations. As a result, Stanford does not require or encourage the use of an MTA if you use non-human biological material for in vitro research to your research colleagues. Restrictions, materials or research results are generally not appropriate between university researchers and are generally not necessary between academics and industrial researchers. SLAC prohibits the exchange of funds between the parties under an MTA and a fund-in agreement, such as the SPP or CRADA agreement. B, or a “fund-out” agreement such as a contracting agreement that could be used when funds are necessarily exchanged between the parties in connection with the transfer of equipment.