If a supplier uses one of these two agreements, the transfer of materials can be fast. Unfortunately, many institutions have developed their own variants and each variation leads to the need for revision in order to ensure consistency with higher education policy. If the signature of a master controller is required for the material transfer agreement, send two hard copies of the MTA each with an original signature to Andy Chen in the Office of Industry Engagement. Therefore, investigators should consider alternatives to obtaining materials as part of an MTA in the event of problematic conditions. In general, if the hardware can be purchased commercially for less than $5,000, it will be difficult to justify an intense effort to set up an MTA. The rejection is understandable, said Thomas Caskey of Merck Research Laboratories. However, if the provider is an examiner at an academic institution, the UW-Madison examiner should propose that the UBMTA (if the receiving institution is mentioned as a signatory to the UBMTA) or the Simple Letter Agreement be used. Some researchers at the conference expressed anger at ATTAs and technology licensing offices, which are tasked with monitoring and implementing them. . . .