Material Transfer
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A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is needed any time a UCSF investigator sends materials out of UCSF. We are here to help you with this process. See below for instructions on how to obtain an MTA for your transfer to learn more about MTAs.

Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] and we can walk you through the MTA process.

Outgoing MTAs

Outgoing MTAs govern the transfer of research materials, software and data developed or collected at UCSF to outside non-profit organizations. At UCSF, outgoing non-human MTAs are processed by the Office of Technology Management (OTM) at Innovation Ventures and outgoing MTAs for human materials are processed by the Industry Contracts Group at OSR.  

1. Outgoing MTAs for Laboratory Research Material

Outgoing research material MTAs cover transfers of mice, cell lines, plasmids, antibodies, bacteria, yeast, chemical compounds, software and any other laboratory research materials to be transferred out of UCSF.  Immortalized human cell lines no longer associated with patient information can also be transferred under these MTAs.

Do It Yourself

UCSF principal investigators can download and use non-profit MTA templates for transfers of their material to other non-profit institutions if all of the following criteria are met:


- The recipient institution is a non-profit academic research institution.

- The material to be transferred was developed in the providing PI's lab at UCSF.

- There are no third party rights to the material.



1. Confirm that your transfer meets all of the criteria above. 


2. Download and fill in one of the outgoing MTA templates:


UBMTA Implementing Letter Template: To determine if the recipient institution accepts the UBMTA, check the master list.  


- Non-Profit Outgoing MTA Template: Use this form for all non-profit institutions that do not accept the UBMTA.


3. Send the MTA draft to the requestor for review by their technology transfer office. Do not sign the MTA until after the recipient's technology transfer office has approved and signed the MTA.


4. If the recipient’s technology transfer office requests any changes to the MTA, send the request to [email protected] for review and approval. 


5. Once completed, send a copy of the executed MTA to [email protected].


2. Outgoing MTAs for Human Materials

Examples of commonly transferred human materials include blood, biopsies, stem cells, cord blood, resected tumors, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS), and clinical patient data.

Incoming MTAs

Incoming MTAs for materials provided by an outside organization to UCSF are managed by the Industry Contracts Group at OSR. Send a request to [email protected] for assistance.