MIT’s mens et manus philosophy—discovering new knowledge, and applying it in practical ways—has led to a natural collaboration with industry. These collaborations expand the known universe of opportunities, for the benefit of both parties. Sometimes, these partnerships advance an existing field of knowledge; at other times, they point in unexpected and productive directions.
Relationships between corporations and MIT are mutually beneficial – and the most powerful evidence is that these partnerships have been expanding rapidly in recent years. While MIT benefits greatly from the financial support of interested companies, these same companies look to MIT for research skills, important new breakthroughs on both the basic and applied levels, and the talent and ambition to move world industry forward.
The Office of Corporate Relations (OCR) creates and strengthens relationships between MIT and corporations worldwide. The office consists of two branches—the Industrial Liaison Program (ILP), and Corporate Development. In the past year, OCR developed two five-year, multimillion-dollar relationships with major corporations.
- The Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) is a flexible and creative link between MIT and companies, providing customized services and information to corporate clients. The ILP fosters relationships and aids company personnel in exploring opportunities to support diverse activities at the Institute.
- Corporate Development supports MIT faculty and staff in efforts to maximize corporate support throughout the Institute. Corporate Development officers work with all of the schools at MIT to identify priorities for corporate support, and then coordinate with ILP officers to further develop relationships between MIT and corporations.
Many companies also support their employees’ charitable priorities through matching gift programs that, in effect, double or triple a gift to MIT. Contact the human resources office at your company to find out if your company offers a corporate matching gift program.