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The Industrial Liaison Program. MIT poses a complex challenge to industry how to find the right experts? how to raise faculty awareness of your research objectives? how to identify the right programs? how to organize the right interactions? MIT has several offices to help the process:

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the industrial liaison program
The Industrial Liaison Program
  • MIT poses a complex challenge to industry
    • how to find the right experts?
    • how to raise faculty awareness of your research objectives?
    • how to identify the right programs?
    • how to organize the right interactions?
  • MIT has several offices to help the process:
    • Office of Sponsored Programs (for research contracting)
    • Technology Licensing Office (for licensing)
  • But coordination between a large multi-disciplinary company and a large, multi-disciplinary university is still a challenge
mit s corporate relationships
MIT’s Corporate Relationships


Partnership Companies

Institute Initiatives

Mid-level “Portfolio” Investors

Major Programmatic & Consortium Relationships

Annual Investment


Focused Research Projects

Consortia & Center Memberships


ILP Membership

Executive & Technical Education

Internship Programs


Relationship Commitment (ROI)

what is the industrial liaison program
What is the Industrial Liaison Program
  • ILP is an annual membership program for corporations and regional development agencies that provides individually tailored liaison services to the complex milieu of MIT
ilp facts
ILP Facts
  • Founded in 1948
  • Largest program of its kind in the world
  • Worldwide industry membership*
    • 28% N. America, 23% Asia, 27% Europe, 13% Japan, 9% Other
    • broad range of industrial sectors, both traditional and high-tech
  • 25 Industrial Liaison Officers*
    • average 15 years of industry experience
    • most with advanced degrees

*as of October 2013

industrial liaison officer
Industrial Liaison Officer
  • An MIT-based professional who provides a highly-productive interface to help initiate, integrate and manage the company’s MIT interactions
    • knows the company’s people and business, and needs of stakeholders in the MIT relationship
    • knows MIT and its resources
    • helps interest MIT people in meeting with and working with the company
    • coordinates one-on-one meetings with faculty members and encourages faculty to visit companies
    • provides an easy-to-use central point of access to MIT information and interactions for anyone in the company
corporate access to mit
Corporate Access to MIT
  • Over 200 of the world’s leading companies partner with the Industrial Liaison Program to advance research agendas at MIT (FY13).
  • One third of ILP member companies sponsor research at MIT for a total of $72 million (56% of all industry sponsored research)*.

*Single-sponsored research projects. Excludes multi-sponsored programs and consortia

the selling points to members
The “selling points” to Members
  • Find and engage MIT experts
  • Monitor and investigate new technology developments
  • Expand knowledge and business networks
  • Gain insight into a variety of issues related to your business and research priorities
  • Learn about — and exploit — new relationships and new business opportunities
ilp member privileges
ILP Member Privileges
  • Customized research reports
  • Symposia and conferences
  • ILP Website (
    • Online News Mosaic consolidating news from top MIT sources—Technology Review Magazine, MIT Sloan Management Review, The MIT News Office, and the ILP’s own Institute Insider.
    • Interactive Video Transcripts greatly enhancing ILP’s video archive, enabling users to follow a word-for-word transcript of faculty presentations. Searchable transcripts allow quick navigation to sections of interest.
    • Online Publications by ILP research staff aggregating MIT expertise in specific research area such as Geothermal Energy, Biomedical Imaging, and Solar Power.
    • Event Calendar browsed by event type —Conferences, Executive or Professional Education, Conference,courses, Lectures, or Recruitment.
  • Discounts on Executive and Professional Education Courses
  • Interlibrary borrowing
one on one meetings with faculty experts
One-on-one Meetings with Faculty Experts
  • Faculty members are incentivized to meet with ILP members individually at MIT and to visit the companies
  • Faculty members benefit from:
    • In-depth conversations with knowledgeable company personnel
    • ILP “points” (discretionary funds)
    • Potential consulting contracts when there’s a match of interests
    • Opportunity to collaborate in research programs
    • Potential for company-sponsored research at MIT
best practices for ilp members
Best Practices for ILP Members
  • Establish clear lines of responsibility for the MIT relationship
  • Visit MIT regularly
  • Think broadly
  • Engage MIT faculty at a peer level
  • Work with MIT students
  • Bring challenging problems
  • Be practical when negotiating
  • Make research truly collaborative
  • Meet regularly with the TLO
  • Consider larger executive briefings at MIT