Unlike government and foundation sponsors, companies rarely have open solicitations. In order to obtain funding from an industrial sponsor, Principal Investigators need to develop their personal networks and focus on building relationships with potential industry sponsors. Once a relationship is established, the process for requesting funding and negotiating an agreement can be quite different than that of other sponsor types, depending on the sponsors’ specific requirements. For more information on working with industrial sponsors see:
MIT has a number of master research agreements with major industrial partners. When considering working with a specific corporate entity, it’s best to contact Industry Contracts and Alliances in OSP to see if a master agreements is already in place. This can simplify and expedite the process for working with these partners.