Why is a MTA important?
MTAs are important because they define the parameters under which material may be used. MTAs include terms related to permitted reason and length of time for use of the material, confidentiality of material, publication of results, ownership of intellectual property, and warranty and liability. MTAs protect both the Researcher's and Yale's interests and the ability to conduct future research related to the material. It is important to ensure that the Provider does not include terms that may restrict the Researcher's academic freedom, assert undue rights of ownership of discoveries, or use indemnification language that may put the University at risk. Any unacceptable terms are changed by negotiation between GCA and the Provider. For information on Yale's policy regarding terms in incoming MTAs, (See: http://ocr.yale.edu/faculty/material-transfer-agreements)