The National Institutes of Health has rolled out what it calls an online "transfer agreement dashboard" to make it easier for researchers to complete and track agreements regarding the transfer of tangible materials—cell lines or specially bred research animals, for example—outside of the NIH.
NIH looks to modernize transfer agreements
The goals of the dashboard project are to improve compliance with NIH policies on as many as 4,000 material transfer agreements a year—work now done largely on paper—to reduce delays in the receipt of research materials and to provide data to technology transfer offices on the number of transfer agreements being tracked and managed, according to the NIH.
The Web-based system will give researchers 24/7 access to information about the status of their transfer agreement requests, according to a statement from the NIH.
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