Industrial and Other Non-Federal Collaborations and Agreements

MIT and industry have a long record of cooperation on joint educational and research programs. In recent years, industrial organizations worldwide provided about 15 percent of MIT’s total research support, with private non-profit foundations providing 5 percent and local, state, and foreign governments an additional 2 percent. Industry and other non-federal sources of research funding rely on gifts and research contracts to provide funds that support MIT’s research and to define the ways in which these entities make use of the knowledge and technology generated by the research they support.

This section describes the many types of agreements frequently used by MIT to support its educational and research activities. These agreements are drafted, reviewed, negotiated, executed, and retained by one or more of these MIT offices:

The most frequently used agreements perform these functions:

These agreements fall into the classes identified below. Click on any of the links for more information on the type of agreement and to identify the MIT office responsible for drafting and negotiating the particular agreement type.

Types of Agreements Frequently Used to Enable Research by MIT

Agreements Supporting Research and Educational Programs

Class of Agreement

Examples

Purpose

Primary Office(s) Responsible

Research

 

 

  • Sponsored Research Agreements
  • Cooperative Agreements
  • Agreements to Plan or Propose Research

 

Plan, organize, and support research at MIT and enable MIT to cooperate with other organizations on joint research activities.

 

OSP

 

 

Gifts

 

 

  • Gift Acknowledgments

 

  • Gift Use Agreements

 

Acknowledge gifts made to MIT and direct the gift to the appropriate MIT need, department, lab, center, or group.

 

ORS

 

Educational Programs and Materials

 

  • Educational Program or Teaching Materials Development Agreements
  • Publication and Authorship Agreements

Enable MIT to develop educational programs and curriculum materials for outside organizations

OGC and TLO

 

 

Agreements Governing Information or Materials Exchange

Class of Agreement

Examples

Purpose

Primary Office(s) Responsible

Exchange of Information

 

 

  • Non-Disclosure/Confidentiality Agreements (for research discussions)
  • Research Data Use Agreements
Keep certain information confidential Control how data are used in research by MIT See MIT's NDA website
  • Non-Disclosure/Confidentiality Agreements (for licensing discussions)
Keep information on MIT inventions confidential to protect patentability See MIT's NDA website
  • Non-Disclosure/Confidentiality Agreements (for purchasing-related or in-licensing purposes)

 

Enable MIT to evaluate equipment or software for potential licensing, borrowing, and/or purchasing

See MIT's NDA website

 

 

Exchange of Materials and Equipment for Research Use

 

 

  • Materials Transfer Agreements

 

Govern how physical materials and equipment will be exchanged, modified, consumed, or used in research collaborations

TLO

 

Agreements Governing MIT Intellectual  Property

Class of Agreement

Examples

Purpose

Primary Office(s) Responsible

Licenses and Permissions to Use MIT Intellectual Property

 

 

  • Licenses for MIT Copyright, Patent, Software
  • Use of MIT’s Name and Trademark

 

Permit outside organizations to use MIT’s patented inventions and software, copyrighted publications, and name and trademark

TLO

 

Agreements Governing Loan or Acquisition of Equipment or Software

Class of Agreement

Examples

Purpose

Primary Office(s) Responsible

Equipment or Software Loan to MIT with or without Eventual Acquisition

 

 

  • Agreements to Sell Equipment or Software to MIT
Set conditions for loan and acquisition of third-party data, databases, software, or equipment by MIT researchers Procurement and OGC
  • Agreements to Loan Equipment or Software to MIT with Eventual Acquisition
Procurement and OGC
  • Agreements to Loan Equipment or Software to MIT without Eventual Acquisition

Permit MIT to use equipment or software from outside organizations

TLO (with IP terms) or
OSP
(without IP terms)

 

 

Loans of MIT Equipment to Third Parties for Display (e.g. museums)

 

 

  • Agreements to Borrow Equipment from MIT

Set conditions for borrowing equipment from MIT for display purposes (not for research use by the borrower)

OGC

 

Agreements Governing Shipment of MIT Equipment to Off-campus Site

Class of Agreement

Examples

Purpose

Primary Office(s) Responsible

Shipment of MIT Equipment to Off-campus Site

 

 

Agreements to Ship MIT-Owned equipment to third-party sites for research (e.g. testing) under MIT sponsored programs

Set conditions for shipment, protection and, if needed, return of equipment, plus actions to be taken at third-party site Procurement

Agreements Governing Personnel and Student Exchange

Class of Agreement

Examples

Purpose

Primary Office(s) Responsible

MIT People Working at Non-MIT Locations

 

 

  • Student Internship Agreements (programs and individual internships)
  • Personnel Loan (Secondment) Agreements
Permit MIT faculty, staff, and/or students to study or conduct research at the sites of other organizations OGC or OSP (for LGO1 and SCEP2 agreements only)
  • Agreements for Use of non-MIT Facilities by MIT for MIT Research
OSP
Visitors Working at MIT
  • Visitor and Secondment Agreements
Permit outside visitors to work at MIT and use MIT facilities in cooperation with MIT researchers OGC
  • Intellectual Property and Information Agreements (IPIA) for Visitors
TLO

Use of MIT’s Facilities

 

 

  • Agreements for Use of MIT Facilities by Outsiders

 

Permit outside organizations to use MIT’s unique facilities when not in use by MIT researchers

OGC

 

Footnotes

1. Leaders for Global Operations (formerly Leaders for Manufacturing)

2. David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice