MIT’s Preferred Cost Sharing Funds

Cost sharing may be in the form of a cash contribution or in-kind contribution, and also may come from donated supplies or materials from non-Institute project collaborators, which is referred to as “third-party cost sharing.”

Cash Contribution Examples (in the order of Institute-preferred cost categories) include:

  • MIT Tuition Subsidies for Graduate Students’ RA Effort – Up to 66 percent of the MIT-provided tuition subsidy may be proposed as cost sharing when the research proposal solicitation explicitly requires a cost sharing commitment. The Vice President for Research must approve exceptions in advance.
  • Equipment – Institute contributes purchase costs for all or a portion of new equipment that directly benefits the project.
  • Faculty Effort/Fringe Benefits/F&A – if in response to a sponsor's mandatory requirement, explicit commitment to cost sharing  percent of compensated effort for the project.

In-kind Contributions – Non-cash Contributions include:

  • Services
  • Equipment from third parties
  • Supplies
  • Real property