Research Support Agreements

Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) and Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) are research support agreements that are designed to ensure protection of your research or to protect information or materials obtained from, or provided to, an external source.

Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)

Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)

A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is a legal contract that defines the basis upon which you may have access to, or grant access to, biological or chemical materials. This may range from specific molecules, such as pharmaceuticals, nucleotides or proteins, to biological research tools such as cell cultures, cell lines, plasmids, transgenic plants or animals. The MTA controls the use of the transferred materials when it is sent or received by uOttawa. MTAs involving transgenic animals must be provided to the Director, Animal Care and Veterinary Services to confirm that all constraints on the use of the transgenic animal can be addressed within ACVS.

Please note that while the investigator must co-sign as the responsible researcher, only ISS has the authority to sign MTAs on behalf of uOttawa.

 

Receiving Materials from an External Party

If you wish to receive material, the external organization may provide you with an MTA. Please forward this MTA to ISS for review of the terms and conditions. ISS will review the proposed MTA and contact you if more information is required. Where revisions to MTA are necessary to limit restrictions on the investigator and uOttawa, ISS will negotiate the terms with the other organization. ISS will copy you on all substantive correspondence unless you request otherwise. When the MTA is ready for execution, ISS will circulate the MTA for signatures.

Utilization of materials is subject to meeting all biosafety requirements, import documentation, regulatory and ethics approvals, and any other required permissions or certifications; it is your responsibility to contact the Office of Risk Management.

 

Sending Materials to an External Party

If you wish to send material to another organization, please provide ISS with information on the material and requested transfer. You may be contacted if more information is required. ISS will prepare an MTA and provide it to the receiving organization for processing. ISS will negotiate directly with the other organization to finalize the MTA and will copy you on all substantive correspondence unless you request otherwise. When the MTA is ready for execution, ISS will circulate the MTA for signatures.

Once the MTA has been fully executed, you will receive a copy of the signed MTA and be authorized to release the material. Shipping of materials may require export, duty and/or customs documentation; it is your responsibility to contact the Office of Risk Management.

Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

A Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) is a legal contract between the University of Ottawa and an external party that serves to protect the confidentiality of information exchanged between the parties. A uOttawa research discovery or technology may be disclosed to another person, organization or company provided there is an NDA between uOttawa and the organization (or person) to which the discovery or invention is disclosed. NDAs provide evidence of the receiving party’s obligation to keep the information in confidence. Critical to the effectiveness of these agreements is the definition of the scope of research or technology covered.

If an NDA is required it can be obtained from ISS. Sometimes the external party may provide its NDA. In either case, ISS will negotiate the terms directly with the other organization to finalize a mutually acceptable NDA. When the NDA is ready for execution, ISS will circulate the NDA for signatures and authorize the exchange of the confidential information.

 

Note

Please note that while the investigator may be required to co-sign as the responsible researcher, only ISS has the authority to sign NDAs on behalf of uOttawa.

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