The MIT Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is responsible for managing sponsored projects and for ensuring consistency with MIT's academic and research policies. OSP works with researchers, faculty, and staff to provide stewardship and guidance on the requirements of—and obligations to—external sponsors.
OSP's core mission is to:
- Assist in securing sponsored research funding that is consistent with the Institute's mission and goals
- Offer information and assistance in managing sponsored research funding
- Provide the proper stewardship of sponsored research funds to satisfy both the sponsor and the Institute
- Advocate on behalf of MIT and its research activities in dealings with outside entities
- Administer research funds efficiently and effectively
Many companies sponsor research at MIT by providing funds to support a research project on a topic of mutual interest.
Sponsored research programs enable the sponsor, MIT, and the public to benefit not only from the generation of new knowledge, but also from the societal and economic rewards of the commercialization of innovation.
OSP's "Information for Industrial Sponsors" provides an introduction for industrial organizations on how to engage in successful research collaborations with MIT and many other research universities around the world.
For descriptions of the many types of agreements frequently used by MIT to support its educational and research activities, visit the Industrial and Other Non-Federal Collaborations and Agreements section of the OSP website.