The Vice President for Research is the final arbiter of any disputed issues of interpretation relating to this document. In unusual circumstances, the Vice President for Research may also authorize exceptions to the normal procedure.
The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is responsible for the negotiation, execution, and administration of all M.I.T. agreements with external sponsors of research grants and contracts and for ensuring that the rights of the sponsors in technology developed under external grants and contracts are protected.
Research priorities will have precedence over technology development priorities. Thus, no grant or contract terms are to be accepted which inhibit the utilization by the public of the results of research at M.I.T. In unclear situations or where there appears to be a conflict between the priorities, the Vice President for Research will be the final arbiter.
The M.I.T. Technology Licensing Office has two principal goals.The first is to facilitate the transfer to public use and benefit of technology developed at M.I.T. The second, where consistent with the first, is to provide an additional source of unrestricted income to support research and education at M.I.T. The TLO will work with the M.I.T. developers of technology and with industry in a manner which does not interfere with the normal flow of technical and academic information through publications, conferences and consulting.