How do I prepare a research proposal for industry consideration?

In cases where there is no pre-defined proposal format, the Office of Strategic Alliances & Tech Transfer (OSATT) recommends you use the Common Components of a Proposal for guidance.  However, there are additional elements that should be included in an industrial proposal that will assist OSATT in putting together a contract.  The proposal should spell out:

  • What is the research you will be conducting?
  • What is the research the company will be conducting, if applicable?
  • Will you or anyone in your lab be conducting any of the research at the company?
  • Will the company be sending any personnel to MIT to participate in the research?
  • Will you be receiving any materials or data/databases from the company to conduct this research?
  • Will you be sending any materials or data/databases to the company as a part of the research effort (as opposed to sharing the research results in a summary report)?
  • Will you be using any material or data/databases from a third party in this collaboration (i.e. will you need to use material/data/databases you received from another university, company or other institution)? 
  • Will you be collaborating with any third parties (i.e. Broad, a local hospital, another university)
  • Do you have any Background IP that you will be bringing to this research effort?  If yes, can you identify that BIP or provide us with the name of your Licensing Officer at the TLO.
  • Do you anticipate any patentable inventions arising from this research?

OSATT will provide the sponsor with an MIT Industrial Agreement for their review that reflects the research, as we understand it. Please contact OSATT as early as possible regarding industrial agreements.