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 2015

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 FY2015
in thousands of U.S. dollars
Department of Defense 125,854
Department of Energy 81,528
Department of Health and Human Services   116,469
NASA 41,740
National Science Foundation 78,953
Other Federal Agencies 15,435
Total Federal 459,979
Industrial 119,238
Foundations and other Nonprofits 78,667
State, Local, and Foreign Governments 27,951
Internal 11,056
Total Non-Federal 236,912
Grand Total 696,891