Visitors Working at MIT

In the course of sponsored research at MIT, opportunities may arise for sponsors’ researchers and other non-MIT scholars and researchers to work side by side with their MIT colleagues in research activities on the MIT campus, for periods varying from one week to more than one year. These visitors are subject to MIT’s policy on Visiting Engineers, Scientists, and Scholars.

All visitors who will be working at MIT must execute an Invention and Proprietary Information Agreement, and many also will be governed by a Visitor Agreement between their employer and MIT.

Agreement Types

Invention and Proprietary Information Agreements (IPIA)

Invention and Proprietary Information Agreements (IPIA) govern MIT proprietary information received by visitors working at MIT, as well as intellectual property developed by visitors while they are using MIT facilities.

Where to get help: Contact the Technology Licensing Office.

Visitor Agreements

Visitor Agreements set forth the arrangements for the visitor’s activities and length of residency at MIT, and for the visitor’s and his or her employer’s obligations to MIT during the visitation period.

Where to get help: Contact the Office of General Counsel.

Secondment Agreements

Secondment Agreements are a type of Visitor Agreement that assigns a visiting scholar to MIT for a temporary period.

Where to get help: Contact the Office of the General Counsel.

See Also: Foreign Scientists Visiting MIT