Career Paths

Research Administration at MIT

What Is Research Administration?

Research Administration is a profession that is often difficult to explain – we support the research at MIT, and are often involved in:

  • Proposal Development – finding and interpreting opportunities and submission guidelines
  • Budgeting and Planning – direct and indirect costs, forecasting, cost sharing, under-recovery, salary limits
  • Communication – proactive and effective, coordinating efforts, networking with colleagues, explaining processes and procedures
  • Project Management – set and manage priorities, manage tasks and timelines, coordinate dependencies
  • Financial Management – payroll distributions, monitor and reconcile charges, budget management, subaward management, closeouts
  • Award Administration – policy interpretation
  • Compliance – managing processes for conflicts of interest, animal care, human subjects, environmental health and safety
  • Student Development 
  • Systems Development – systems that support research administration

Why be a Research Administrator at MIT?

  • “Big diversity in the type of work done, opportunities to learn new things”
  • “Helping people, faculty and researchers, who dream up these great ideas”
  • “Seeing inventions from MIT used all over the world and connecting to that personally (how we helped)”
  • “Great to work with students”
  • “Access to a vast pool of talented individuals; an army of people that will help answer questions”

Some Of The Research Administration Positions At MIT:

  • Administrative Assistants
  • Administrative Officers
  • Contract Administrators
  • Contract Specialists
  • Financial Administrators
  • Financial Analysts
  • Financial Assistants
  • Financial Officers
  • Grants Development Officer
  • Project Coordinators
  • Project Managers  
  • Subaward Administrators
  • Strategic Transaction Officers