MIT and Industry

Since its founding, MIT has encouraged researchers to work collaboratively across departments, fields, and institutional boundaries to solve problems. This has led to 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 MIT Corporate Relations and the main conduit between corporations and MIT), MIT Energy Initiative, and many other collaborations.

Research sponsored directly by industry totaled $159 million in fiscal year 2018, or 22% of total MIT research expenditures. According to the National Science Foundation, MIT consistently ranks first in industry-financed research and development expenditures among 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 2018, the TLO received 822 invention disclosures (including 83 from Lincoln Laboratory), filed 425 new US patents, had 360 US patents issued, executed 154 licenses and options, had 32 companies formed using MIT intellectual property, and received $45.9 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.