IECV assists faculty with Materials Transfer Agreements (MTAs), enabling investigators to get rapid access to materials and transfer materials to others, while ensuring that the parties’ rights are fully protected.

An MTA is a written contract between a provider and a recipient of research material. The parties to the contract may be between academic, government, and commercial organizations. The sharing of research products is critical to continuing progress in science, and we work expeditiously to rapidly turn around these agreements which protect the rights of the different parties with regard to publication, freedom of research, confidentiality, and intellectual property. IECV negotiates and signs these agreements on behalf of Brown.

Outgoing Materials

If you are a Brown researcher interested in sending materials to an outside non-profit entity: submit a Brown outgoing Material Transfer Agreement Form to your contact from the party requesting material. If all the MTA provisions are acceptable to an outside entity and the form is signed, please sign as a “Provider Scientist” and submit to IECV_patents@brown.edu, along with the contact person’s information (name and e-mail address) for a final prosecution. We will submit a fully executed copy to an outside entity and cc you. We will do negotiation if needed. 
For for-profit entities, submit your request to IECV_patents@brown.edu.

Important: All transfers of materials, software, or data must be compliant with U.S. export regulations. Some materials, software or data may require an export license if shipped abroad. There may be other restrictions, such as that these items cannot be shipped to a restricted or banned party, or located in an embargoed country. Because penalties for violation of export control laws are significant and may include personal fines and criminal charges, TVO helps to ensure compliance for any material shipped under an MTA.

TVO liaises with the Export Control Compliance Team in the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) for all outgoing international MTAs and certain incoming MTAs. If export licenses are required, ORI will discuss options and process with TVO and the responsible Brown researcher. For more information on export control compliance, visit ORI’s website or contact the Export Control Compliance Team.

Incoming Materials

Receiving materials from either a non-profit or a for-profit organization – if you are interested in receiving materials from either a non-profit or a for-profit organization and have received a draft MTA or are interested in initiating the process, please fill out this brief questionnaire and send to IECV as outlined.  If you have received a draft please send it along to IECV at IECV_patents@brown.edu.

For further information on MTAs, please contact Margaret Shabashevich in the Industry Engagement and Commercial Venturing at 401-863-7922.