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The New NIH Web MTA System

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 — Poster Session III

10:00 a.m. – Noon

Natcher Conference Center




  • L Finkelstein
  • L Portilla


More than 6,000 intramural researchers at NIH laboratories along with 325,000 scientists and research personnel at more than 3,000 institutions nationwide drive the research and discovery process. These researchers share materials in order to further their research, and these material transfers are essential to the continued advancement of scientific research. A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is a contract that governs the transfer of tangible research materials between two organizations. Biological materials are frequently transferred materials, but MTAs may also be used to transfer other types of materials. In October 2011, the NIH Office of Intramural Research, in conjunction with the NIH Center for Information Technology (CIT), will roll out an initial version of a Web-based Material Transfer Agreement Management System that will dramatically improve the processing of MTAs within the NIH through automation. The new system will have a broad array of beneficiaries including NIH intramural and extramural researchers, NIH Technology Development Coordinators (TDCs) and their ICs, NIH’s Office of Technology Transfer along with offices of technology transfer at universities and non-profit research institutions. With the support of the NIH Office of Intramural Research, we will showcase and demo the new NIH Web MTA System to the NIH community.

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