Sponsoring Research at MIT

Since its founding, MIT has fostered a problem-solving approach that encourages researchers to work together across departments, fields and institutional boundaries. The resulting collaborations have included thousands of fruitful partnerships with industry and other leading research institutions.

Many companies sponsor research at MIT by providing funds to support a research project on a topic of mutual interest. Research sponsored directly by industry totaled $128 million in fiscal year 2014, or 19 percent of all MIT research funding.

Office of Sponsored Programs

We work closely with MIT’s Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) in collaborating with industrial sponsors.

More about the benefits of sponsoring research at MIT can be found here.

Industrial Liaison Program

The Office of Corporate Relations' Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) promotes MIT/Industry collaboration, encouraging the flow of knowledge and resources between the Institute and innovation-driven companies for their mutual benefit. The ILP is the largest conduit between corporations and MIT. Over 200 companies partner with the program to improve their access to MIT and advance their research agendas.

Visit the ILP website.

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