Material Transfer
ICD can help you obtain and share materials key to your research

A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is needed any time a UCSF investigator sends or receives materials, software or human data into or out of UCSF. ICD is here to help you with this process. See below for instructions on how to obtain an MTA for your transfer.

Visit our MTA FAQs to learn more about MTAs.

Questions not answered below? Contact your ICD Professional and we can walk you through the MTA process.

Incoming MTAs

Incoming MTAs govern the transfer of material from an outside organization into UCSF for research purposes. Examples of such research material include physical materials such as tissue samples, transgenic mice, cell lines, gene constructs, compounds, antibodies, as well as computer software and data.

Incoming MTA Process

The ICD Professional assigned to your department must review and approve all incoming MTAs.

Please Note:  Research material transferred under a MTA cannot be used in human subjects.  If the material is a drug or a device that will be used in human subjects, please follow the procedures described on the Clinical Trial page.

Other documents/information that may be required include:

Outgoing MTAs

Outgoing MTAs govern the transfer of research materials, software and data developed or collected at UCSF to outside non-profit organizations. Outgoing MTAs for human materials are processed differently than transfers of laboratory research material, data or software.  

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.

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. 

Request Assistance

If your outgoing MTA transfer does not meet the criteria for Do-It-Yourself Outgoing Non-Profit MTAs, contact us for assistance. Transfer to for-profit companies can only be processed by ICD and ICD will need to clear any potential third party obligations prior to transfer.