MIT Institutional Research
Office of the Provost
  Research Expenditures by Primary Sponsor


MIT is one of the leading research universities in the world. Basic and applied research at MIT is conducted in two principal locations, the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts and off-campus at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) in Lexington, Massachusetts.

All research support received by MIT faculty and research staff from federal sources is awarded competitively, based on the scientific and technical merit of proposals.

Chart of Campus Research Expenditures by Primary Sponsor for Fiscal Year 2017

These numbers represent expenditures by primary originating sponsor. Federal totals include funding that is passed through other sources (universities, etc.)

Campus Research Expenditures
by Primary Sponsor for FY2017
in thousands of U.S. dollars*
Department of Defense 130,372
Department of Energy 82,157
Department of Health and Human Services   111,835
NASA 39,809
National Science Foundation 80,410
Other Federal Agencies 17,043
Total Federal 461,626
Industrial 132,915
Foundations and other Nonprofits 86,753
State, Local, and Foreign Governments 25,686
Internal 12,527
Total Non-Federal 257,880
Grand Total 719,506
*Numbers may not total due to rounding.