sharing & innovation/OpenMTA FAQs for Researchers
What is a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)?
Why are MTAs used?
What is the Open Material Transfer Agreement (OpenMTA)?
What will the OpenMTA accomplish?
- eliminate or reduce transaction costs associated with access, use, modification, and redistribution of materials;
- provide an avenue for researchers and their institutions to be credited for materials and data made openly available;
- support collaboration among researchers across institutional and international boundaries
- facilitate translation of biotechnologies developed with public or philanthropic funds into commercial products and services that benefit all people and the planet;
- promote access to materials for researchers in less privileged institutions and world regions.
Why use the OpenMTA (instead of no MTA at all)?
As a result, when no MTA is used the restrictive terms of the UBMTA apply even when researchers wish to share their materials freely. By comparison, the OpenMTA allows researchers to share their materials on an open basis by specifying terms for access, attribution, reuse, redistribution and nondiscrimination.