Plans to reinvent research administration at MIT

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To the members of the MIT community,

We write today to share a plan to reinvent our research administration infrastructure and reimagine our engagement with the Institute’s faculty and staff, and with sponsors, collaborators, and supporters of MIT’s mission.

By spring 2020, we will launch and stand up two organizations —Research Administration Services (RAS)and the Office of Strategic Alliances and Technology Transfer (OSATT)— to replace and expand upon the work of the Research Administration Services (RAS).

In this planned new structure, the key functions and staff of the RAS will be preserved, and significant additional positions will be added in the coming months to address critical needs.

This plan was developed with thoughtful feedback over the past year from faculty, school deans and other school leadership, MIT’s senior officers, and staff from many offices and departments across campus.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to working with the MIT faculty and staff as we develop this new administrative infrastructure and roll out new services through the 2019–20 academic year. While planning is underway this semester, faculty and staff should continue to use their current contract administrators as their first point of contact. Additional details about this plan can be found here.

Maria T. Zuber and Martin A. Schmidt