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NIH eases tech transfer with online material transfer agreements

By David Schwartz
Published: January 11th, 2012

The National Institutes of Health has launched the Transfer Agreement Dashboard, or TAD, to streamline the transfer of NIH-developed research materials to the biomedical research community. (See previous eNews item here.) The system is designed to reduce the transaction time for transferring NIH-developed materials, addressing the Presidential directive to better facilitate tech transfer and commercialization activities.

The TAD works in conjunction with materials transfer agreements (MTAs), which govern the transfer of tangible research materials between two organizations, and they define the rights of the material provider and the recipient with respect to the materials. For its first release, TAD is focused on MTAs between the intramural laboratories at NIH and universities or nonprofit research organizations that wish to obtain NIH materials. Eventually, TAD will be able to accommodate materials from these external organizations into the NIH intramural program.

TAD offers material requesters and providers 24/7 access to the status of in-process MTAs, allows users to track metrics on numbers and types of MTAs executed by their institution, and allows users to view comments and the full history of each transaction. To register a nonprofit or academic organization in the system, contact TAD user support at The TAD homepage is

Source: NIH News

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