Material Transfer Agreements (MTA) and Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDA)
What are Material Transfer and Data Transfer Agreements?
Material Transfer Agreements (MTA) are contracts that protect your invention and USC’s intellectual property, limit liability, and provide for crediting of the developer of materials, when you either provide or receive research materials – such as cell lines, cultures, bacteria, transgenic animals, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, software, models, robots – to and from research institutions and corporate entities. Each exchange of material requires an MTA. Data Transfer Agreements (DTA) provide the same protections for data as an MTA does for material. An authorized member of USC Stevens Center for Innovation must sign MTAs and DTAs.
What are Confidential Disclosure Agreements?
Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDA) are contracts that protect your invention and USC’s intellectual property and define the permitted use and distribution of non-public information you either provide or receive – such as the status or results of research, unpublished patent information, planned research – to and from non-profit institutions and for-profit entities. An authorized member of USC Stevens Center for Innovation must sign these CDAs. CDAs are not intended for use in transferring tangible material or in transferring research data for use in the conduct of research, for which an MTA or DTA should be used.*
Welcome to Online MTAs and CDAs
A faster, leaner way to submit your MTA and CDA requests. Online MTAs and CDAs save you time and provides on-demand access to information about your request using your USC Net ID and password. Data transfer requests are also covered by the Online MTA and CDA system. Start now!
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Need MTA/CDA help? Call or email firstname.lastname@example.org or 213-821-0939 (CDAs)
*CDAs: USC Stevens can assist with the preparation, review and signature of CDAs for you to receive a 3rd party’s confidential information and/or disclose university intellectual property where the primary purpose is to enable discussions and information exchange regarding 3rd party licensing your inventions and other intellectual property; 3rd party supporting further research around your inventions; and/or an unfunded collaboration for the development of intellectual property.
FOR ALL OTHER PURPOSES, refer the options below for the appropriate department to assist with your CDA request:
- For research or other sponsored activities, excluding industry sponsored clinical trials – Department of Contracts and Grants (DCG) (http://research.usc.edu/dcg/).
- For industry sponsor to disclose clinical trial protocols – Clinical Trials Office (CTO) (https://research.usc.edu/clinical-trials-at-usc/).
- Other cases not covered above – General Counsel (OGC) (http://ogc.usc.edu)