Connecting MIT Faculty to Industry

MIT Corporate Relations aids and directs companies interested in multidisciplinary involvement with the Institute. Its expert staff works with MIT senior administration, faculty, and company executives to structure and define individualized alliances that mutually benefit the company and MIT.

MIT Corporate Relations offers industry access to MIT through two integrated programs, the MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) and MIT Startup Exchange.

The Industrial Liaison Program

The Industrial Liaison Program is instrumental in providing connections to MIT faculty, departments, labs, and centers. It serves companies across the globe and is organized both geographically and by industry. In addition to corporate partners, ILP also helps regional governmental organizations who look to the unique, entrepreneurial MIT/Cambridge environment as they begin to develop their own regional innovation ecosystems.

MIT Startup Exchange

MIT Startup Exchange actively promotes collaboration and partnerships between MIT-connected startups and industry. Qualified startups are those founded and/or led by MIT faculty, staff, or alumni, or are based on MIT-licensed technology. Industry participants are principally members of MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program (ILP).

Connect with Industry

Corporations are the source of a significant portion of MIT’s annual research income. By working with the MIT Corporate Relations (CR), faculty can enhance exposure of corporations to their expertise, research, and students through a variety of CR-sponsored activities and publications. Discussions with company representatives of needs and trends in industry may also result in new directions or additional funding for research.

Nearly half of all ILP member companies provide additional financial support to MIT programs through research or gifts.

Formats for CR-initiated faculty/company involvement include visits on and off campus, executive research briefings and conferences, and videoconference and telephone discussions. Support for on-going research can also result from one-on-one sessions with representatives from the CR client companies. If a faculty member is seeking funding for a new project or consortium, CR Program Directors can draw on their knowledge of the corporate community to help make more focused contacts at particular member companies. Nearly half of all ILP member companies provide additional financial support to MIT programs through research or gifts.

Earn Discretionary Funds through Revenue Sharing

MIT Corporate Relations maintains a record of all qualifying faculty interactions arranged by its staff and reports of substantive faculty contacts with ILP company representatives. At the end of each fiscal year we:

  • total the points for each faculty and research staff member
  • determine a dollar value per point based on ILP fee income for the year
  • send a personal notice of the funds earned to each faculty and research staff member
  • send a listing of points earned by each faculty and staff member to the appropriate Administrative Officer
  • distribute the funds to special accounts in each department, center or laboratory.

Revenue Sharing Point (RSP) Award Totals for ILP Activities for FY19/20




Meetings, Telephone, Video  

Meeting at MIT (with faculty or research staff member, per hour)


Meeting at MIT (with graduate student, per hour-points assigned to advisor)


Videoconference / visual presentation via video, per hour


Telephone conversation


Meetings at company (half day -- non-local)


Meetings at company (full day - more than 4 hours)


Executive research briefing/formal presentation (at MIT)


Report of on or off campus meeting with ILP member company, not arranged by OCR/ILP

OCR-Sponsored Conference Activities  

Conference/seminar presentation (more than 45 minutes)


Conference/seminar presentation (less than 45 minutes)


Conference Poster Presenter


International Conference event (organized by ILP - full day)




Papers: recent working paper, technical memo, or technical report (not published)


Expertise and research project description updates (KnowledgeBase updates)


CV with publication list




School of Architecture and Planning

  Department of Architecture
Graham Rong
  Program in Media Arts & Sciences
Steve Palmer / Daphne De Baritault
     Center for Bits and Atoms
Steve Palmer / Daphne De Baritault
  Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Graham Rong
     Center for Real Estate
Graham Rong

School of Engineering

  Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics    
Todd Glickman
  Biological Engineering
Peter Lohse
  Department of Chemical Engineering
James Gado
  Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Chuan Tang
     Center for Transportation and Logistics
     Age Lab
  Department of Materials Science and Engineering
TBD / Jewan Bae
    Materials Research Laboratory
  Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ron Spangler / Randall Wright / CJ Guo
  Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering
Klaus Schleicher

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

David Zhu
     Sociotechnical Systems Research Center (SSRC)
     Global Studies and Languages
     Program in Science, Technology, and Society
  Department of Economics
  Humanities (all Sections)          
David Zhu
  Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
Ken Goldman
  Department of Political Science
Ken Goldman

Sloan School of Management

Eduardo Garrido/ Sofia Ikauniks
  Initiative on the Digital Economy
Greg Ornatowski/ Yuri Ramos                                               
  Center for Information Systems Research
Graham Rong
  Center for Collective Intelligence
  System Design and Management
  Industrial Performance Center

School of Science

  Department of Biology
Daniel Fischer
  Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Peter Lohse
  Department of Chemistry
John Roberts
  Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences
JJ Laukaitis
     Center for Global Change Science
  Department of Mathematics
Corey Cheng
  Department of Physics
David Martin
     MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research

MIT Schwarzman College of Computing

Sheri Brodeur / Hong Fan/
     Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS)
Jose Ramos / Irina Sigalovsky
     Research Laboratory of Electronics
     Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems

Institute Initiatives

     Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE)
Steve Palmer
     Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS)    
Daphne De Baritault
     Institute for Medical Engineering & Science (IMES)
Sheryl Greenberg
        Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology
     MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI)
James Gado
     MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI)      
Todd Glickman
     MIT Innovation Initiative (MITii)
Sheri Brodeur
Hong Fan
       MIT Center for Quantum Engineering (MIT-CQE)
       Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL)         

Affiliated Institutions

     Broad Institute
Sheryl Greenberg
     Lincoln Laboratory
Todd Glickman
     Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Sheryl Greenberg
     Woods Hole Joint Program (WHOI)       
Todd Glickman