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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.

  • $72.8 million

    Total licensing revenue received

  • 864

    Invention disclosures (including 131 from Lincoln Laboratory)

  • 486

    New US patents filed

  • 433

    US patents issued

  • 167

    Licenses and options executed

  • 32

    Companies formed using MIT intellectual property

More than 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 $185 million in fiscal year 2020, or 24% 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.


  • 60+ 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 programs that combine innovation and entrepreneurship with strategic thinking and global leadership for mid- to senior-level executives. Led by senior faculty, programs provide participants with the tools and frameworks they need to create and lead successful organizations.

MIT Professional Education provides engineering, science, and technology professionals a gateway to renowned MIT expertise, research, and knowledge through advanced education programs designed for working professionals.