News and Announcements


Letter: Melissa Choi appointed director of Lincoln Laboratory

Ian A. Waitz

Currently assistant director of the Laboratory, Melissa brings to this role a 25-year career of outstanding technical and advisory leadership. The appointment is effective July 1, 2024.

Letter: Introducing Hermes – One tool for MTAs, DUAs, and NDAs

Anne White

An upgraded OSATT Core portal will now support researchers’ requests for Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Nondisclosure Agreements (NDAs), and Data Use Agreements (DUAs).

Ian Waitz named vice president for research

MIT News

In a letter to the MIT community, President Sally Kornbluth announced the appointment of Ian A. Waitz to the position of vice president for research, effective May 1, 2024.

Discussing research security with research groups

MIT Faculty Newsletter

Sharing a new resource in the Faculty Newsletter, Prof. Peter Fisher and Greg Moffatt encourage PIs at MIT to engage their research groups in a discussion of the group's norms and expectations.

Letter: Nuno Loureiro to lead the Plasma Science and Fusion Center

Maria T. Zuber

Maria Zuber is delighted to announce that Nuno Loureiro has accepted the invitation to lead the Plasma Science and Fusion Center as director, effective May 1, 2024.

Letter: Bill Green to direct MIT Energy Initiative

Maria T. Zuber

William H. Green will become the director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) effective April 1, 2024. Robert Stoner, who has served as interim director of MITEI since July 2023, has generously agreed to stay on through June to ensure a smooth transition.

Letter: Mitigating risk in international and outside professional activities

Maria T. Zuber and Richard K. Lester

Two new resources have been developed to clarify guidance for principal investigators and research administrators on 1) assessing and mitigating risk and 2) outside professional activities, in response to recommendations of the MIT China Strategy Group.

International Activities Forum for Administrative Staff, March 6

We have a new date for the International Activities Forum for Administrative Staff: Wednesday, March 6, 2024. (Event was rescheduled due to MIT closing on February 13).

Letter: Implementing career ladders for research scientists, research engineers, and research associates

Maria T. Zuber and Ramona Allen

MIT is completing work on an Institute-wide project to establish a laddered job structure among MIT’s research scientists, research engineers, and research associates. New job titles, conveying a job type and one of three numerical levels, will take effect March 1 in MIT human resources systems.

NASA Issues New COI Policy Requirements

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has issued new Conflict of Interest Policy Requirements, which will align with the existing COI policies of many other federal sponsors, most notably the US Public Health Service.

Letter: Support on DOE proposal requirement

Anne White Vice Provost and Associate Vice President for Research Administration

Principal investigators who apply for Department of Energy funding, and related administrators, may benefit from new resources on developing PIER plans for DOE proposals. An information session is planned in late February 2024.

Letter: Changes to administration of visiting students

Ian A. Waitz and Maria T. Zuber

Updating contacts and resources, as administration of the visiting students program moves from the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) to the Office of the Vice Chancellor (OVC).