Industry Liaison

Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)

Before commencement of collaborative research, etc., or other research collaboration by

When there is exchange of information between both parties regarding the research to ascertain whether they are in agreement concerning the intention of the research subject, when the properties, etc., of material* created by faculty members are learned of within the corporation, an MTA is concluded between Tokyo Tech and the corporation.
*Material: In an MTA agreement, material is called "seika yuutaibutsu, " in Japanese. Material does not refer only to chemicals; devices and apparatus, etc., are also treated as material.

When provision of material created by Tokyo Tech faculty members is desired

Tokyo Tech may request that the corporation bear the equivalent value of materials provided (a bill will be sent after conclusion of the agreement).
The amount of the equivalent value of material provided is computed by faculty members based on the cost of raw materials required to produce the material, personnel expenses, fees for utilities, etc., and presented to the corporation.
In cases when material in connection with intellectual property held by Tokyo Tech is commercialized, conclusion of a license agreement is required.

When faculty members receive material owned by a corporation in order to conduct their research

An MTA is concluded between Tokyo Tech and the corporation.

Flow of Agreement

1. For the objectives mentioned above, conclusion of an MTA is desired.

2. Make the request through the faculty member you talk with, or directly contact the Office of Research and Innovation at Tokyo Tech.

3.【When faculty members provide self-created material to corporations】

The Office of Research and Innovation at Tokyo Tech presents an MTA (proposed by Tokyo Tech) to the corporation and both parties discuss the content of the agreement.

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*An agreement template for provision free-of-charge and English version template of the agreement for material provision are available for provision free-of-charge. Contact Tokyo Tech if you wish to obtain either of these templates.

【When corporations provide material to Tokyo Tech】

The corporation presents an MTA proposal to Tokyo Tech and both parties discuss the content of the agreement.
*Tokyo Tech also prepares an MTA draft.
Contact Tokyo Tech if you wish to obtain either of these templates.

4. Conclusion of the agreement

5.【When Tokyo Tech provides material (for a fee)】

Tokyo Tech sends a bill to the corporation
→ The corporation makes payment (by bank transfer)

6. Commencement of transfer of material, and study/research utilizing the material

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