Stanford researchers are required to use an agreement to share human tissue, human blood samples or other human research samples. These transfers must be approved in advance by the Human Subjects Panels (IRBs). See FAQs for human tissue transfer agreements. In-depth material transfer agreements govern the use of research materials by an external organization. All incoming MTAs must be verified and signed by the OIC. 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.
Material transfer agreements (MMAs) are contracts for the transfer of non-commercial research assets, such as transgenic mice, cell lines, genetic structures, antibodies or chemical compounds for preclinical research. The ICO is re-examining ATMs with respect to Stanford policy and source funding commitments. Different agreements are used to send or receive data. 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.
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. ICO recommends that PIs who wish to have a hardware shipping agreement use one of the standard agreements listed below. Please also fill out the online information form and send it. Please add an outstanding or executed MTA SLAC-MTA to the SLAC ServiceNow portal: slacprod.service-now.com/navpage.do. Please contact PAO (PAOTeam@slac.stanford.edu) or SLAC Legal (legal.slac.stanford.edu/) for help. 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.