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MIT & Industry

Since its founding, MIT has encouraged researchers to work collaboratively across departments, fields, and institutional boundaries to solve problems. This has led to thousands of fruitful partnerships with industry and other leading research institutions.

  • $87.4 million

    Total licensing revenue received

  • 696

    Invention disclosures (including 111 from Lincoln Laboratory)

  • 311

    New US patents filed

  • 354

    US patents issued

  • 99

    Licenses and options executed

  • 27

    Companies formed using MIT intellectual property

Approximately 800 companies work with faculty and students in Institute-wide programs such as MIT Corporate Relations’ Industrial Liaison Program (the main conduit between corporations and MIT) and MIT Startup Exchange (which promotes collaboration and partnerships between MIT-connected startups and industry), as well as in many other collaborations.

Research sponsored directly by industry totaled $166 million in fiscal year 2022, or 21% of total MIT research expenditures. According to the National Science Foundation, MIT consistently ranks first in industry-financed research and development expenditures among universities and colleges without a medical school.


  • 65+ research centers, labs, and programs
  • ~800 companies collaborating on faculty and student research

The Technology Licensing Office (TLO) moves innovations and discoveries from the lab to the marketplace for the benefit of the public and to amplify MIT’s global impact. The TLO cultivates an inclusive environment of scientific and entrepreneurial excellence, and bridges connections from MIT’s research community to industry and startups by strategically evaluating, protecting, and licensing technology.

MIT’s strong corporate connection also is reflected in its extensive business-oriented curricula, such as the Leaders for Global Operations program, System Design and Management program, Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership, Supply Chain Management program, and other degree programs that offer an industry internship component.

MIT Sloan Executive Education offers custom programs for organizations, executive certificates, and more than 90 online and in-person short courses for individuals. Led by MIT Sloan faculty, executive programs provide business professionals with a targeted and flexible means to advance their career goals and position their organizations for future growth.

MIT Professional Education provides technology professionals around the world a gateway to renowned MIT research, knowledge, and expertise through advanced education programs designed specifically for them. Programs are offered in person, online, and in multiple languages.