FAQs: Other

What are limited solicitations?

Funding opportunities, prize competitions, and award nominations with institutional limits are called limited solicitations. For all opportunities that limit the number of submissions/nominations, Research Development, a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR), hosts an internal competition to select which proposal(s) will be submitted for funding and who will be nominated for prizes and awards. Announcements for internal competitions are distributed via the MIT Fund Ops listserv and posted online on the MIT Funding Opportunities webpage. The MIT Funding Opportunities page is the home of the submission portals for each internal competition as well as the home to an archive of internal competitions with passed deadlines. Please reach out to the Research Development team or your RAS CA with any questions.

Is it possible to get an MIT Kerberos account for non-MIT personnel?

Yes. a Sponsored Account (often referred to as “guest account”) is an MIT Kerberos account held by an individual who is not a current MIT faculty member, student, or employee. This may include contract employees/contingent labor, or research collaborators with no direct connection to MIT.

Sponsored Accounts can be used for:

  • Getting access to MIT web sites such as Atlas for required training via the Learning Center.
  • Access to download MIT licensed software (note: this may require additional steps to confirm the affiliate is approved for access).
  • Use general access MIT computing resources such as Athena Clusters.
  • Inclusion in a Kuali Coeus research proposal. For questions regarding if or when it is needed, please contact ra-help@mit.edu.
  • Any scenario where a user requires access to MIT electronic resources but otherwise has no formal association with the Institute.

How does one request a Sponsored Account?

Complete the online request form on the Information Services & Technology (IS&T) site. Once a sponsor completes the request form, a system-generated email is generated and sent directly to the sponsoree/guest. The email will contain their new MIT ID number and instructions for registering for a Kerberos ID, which is typically the prefix in an MIT email address, before the @mit.edu.