Transferring Research Materials

Introduction to Transferring Research Materials at UCLA

A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is a written contract entered into by a provider and a recipient of research material that governs the transfer of tangible research materials between two organizations. At UCLA, the UCLA Technology Development Group (TDG) reviews and approves incoming and outgoing MTAs.

Receiving or Sending Materials 

A new feature for material transfer requests, “onlineMTA” is a central site for submitting all requests for Material Transfer Agreements through a new, convenient web-based form. The onlineMTA site will also allow investigators to track the status of their pending and completed MTA requests submitted after July 1, 2009.

Starting January 4, 2010, all MTA Requests must be submitted through UCLA onlineMTA.

Who is Managing Your Material Transfer Request 

  • Our primary focus upon receipt of your material transfer request is to expedite review, negotiation and execution of the contract to facilitate the transfer. Our practice is “first-in, first-out” to make sure substantive action is taken on your material transfer request within one business day of assignment to a member of the TDG team.
  • The Principal Investigator will receive an email notification identifying the individual on the TDG team assigned to your material transfer request and if at any point there are questions and you are not sure who to contact, you can contact

Additional Information

If you have questions or if you would like additional information, please contact the MTA team at

UCLA Technology Development Group

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