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Sponsoring Research

Research Administration Services and the Office of Strategic Alliances and Technology Transfer

Research Administration Services (RAS) 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
OSATT provides connections for engaging in successful research collaborations with MIT and many other research universities around the world.

A Guide for Industry Sponsors of Research at MIT

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.

OSATT provides MIT faculty with support for strategic and tactical execution for the conversion of promising external engagements to clear agreements and impactful operation of research, education, and capacity building programs on campus and globally.

OSATT develops agreements that facilitate MIT projects, programs and consortia with industrial, nonprofit, and international sponsors, partners and collaborators. Our team is led by MIT's Associate Provost and Directors of three integrated teams for agreement development - Catalysts, Strategic Transactions, & Alliance Management - and includes two established and renowned MIT offices, TLO and OCR.