About the Transfer Agreement Dashboard

About TAD

TAD is a system hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to facilitate the completion and tracking of Material Transfer Agreements (MTA(s)) for materials transferred in and out of the NIH.

The TAD system will:

  • Improve compliance with NIH MTA policies
  • Increase researchers' access to the status of their MTA(s)
  • Reduce delays that impact the receipt of crucial materials
  • Allow tech transfer offices to generate metrics regarding the number of MTAs currently being tracked and managed

About NIH

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and health-related research. The NIH strives to foster creative discoveries and innovative research strategies both for its intramural and extramural research programs. Investigators, laboratories, and organizations worldwide drive the research and discovery process through the sharing and transfer of research materials.

About Material Transfer Agreements

Materials are exchanged through the use of a transactional agreement called a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA). MTAs govern the transfer of tangible research materials between two organizations when the recipient intends to use the material for research purposes. The MTA defines the rights of the provider and the recipient with respect to the materials.

Why Use TAD?

The NIH initiated the TAD project in response to the growing number of MTAs between institutions. The TAD system will automate and simplify the  MTA management process.

The benefits of TAD include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Easy-to-use web forms help users provide the information necessary to complete an MTA.
    • These forms are especially helpful for investigators who only transfer materials occasionally throughout the year.
    • Ensuring that the correct information is submitted will reduce the time spent by technology transfer staff negotiating acceptance of the agreements.
  • Increase researchers' access to the status of their MTA(s).
    • Investigators and technology transfer staff can access up-to-date information regarding MTA status, and who they should contact
      if they have questions at any stage.
    • Alerts are sent to the parties involved in an MTA at different stages of the process to keep them updated, and to let them know if
      further action is required.
  • Helps users comply with NIH material transfer policies without impeding their research.
    • Depending on the material being transferred, the system automatically routes the agreement to receive appropriate approvals and signatures.