MIT and Industry

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.

More than 700 companies are working with faculty and students both in Institute-wide programs such as the Industrial Liaison Program (part of the Office of Corporate Relations and the main conduit between corporations and MIT) and the MIT Energy Initiative, and in smaller collaborations.

Research sponsored directly by industry totaled $148 million in fiscal year 2017, or 21% of all MIT research funding. According to the National Science Foundation, MIT ranks second in industry-financed research and development expenditures among all universities and colleges without a medical school.

The Technology Licensing Office (TLO) moves innovations and discoveries from the lab to the marketplace for the benefit of the public and to amplify MIT’s global impact. The TLO cultivates an inclusive environment of scientific and entrepreneurial excellence, and bridges connections from MIT’s research community to industry and startups by strategically evaluating, protecting, and licensing technology. In fiscal year 2017, the TLO received 794 invention disclosures (including 84 from Lincoln Laboratory), filed 271 US patents, had 298 US patents issued, executed 137 licenses and options, had 25 companies formed using MIT intellectual property, and received $53.6 million in total licensing revenue.

MIT’s strong corporate connection also is reflected in its extensive business-oriented curricula, such as the Leaders for Global Operations program, System Design and Management program, Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership, Supply Chain Management program, and other degree programs that offer an industry internship component.

MIT Sloan Executive Education offers programs that combine innovation and entrepreneurship with strategic thinking and global leadership for mid- to senior-level executives. Led by senior faculty, programs provide participants with the tools and frameworks they need to create and lead successful organizations.

MIT Professional Education provides engineering, science, and technology professionals a gateway to renowned MIT expertise, research, and knowledge through advanced education programs designed for working professionals.