Industrial Collaboration

Please visit the Office of Strategic Alliances and Technology Transfer [website] for the most recent information about working with industrial sponsors.

The negotiation of research agreements with industrial sponsors has become increasingly complex and time consuming. These negotiations often include a greater emphasis on intellectual property rights and the additional effort required to adapt a growing number of consortium agreements to the particular needs of individual programs.

To facilitate negotiations with industrial sponsors, RAS recommends:

  1. Draft statement of work or outline defining the planned activities that MIT will undertake
  2. Total funding required with breakdown by major component and activities, if applicable
  3. Anticipated timeline for project(s)
  4. Sponsor's contact information

Key elements of Understanding Industrial Agreements: