Early Career Funding Guide

Finding Funding

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Find early career awards

Identify and receive grantsmanship advice on prestigious early career awards.

Early Career Award List

Research Development

Receive notices of limited submission funding opportunities and prestigious early career awards that require an internal competition Receive a monthly digest of foundation sponsored funding opportunities

MIT Fund Ops Listserv: sign up to receive notices of early career and other limited submissions opportunities as well as a monthly digest of foundation funding opportunities that are not limited submissions

Research Development

View a calendar of recurring limited submission funding opportunities

Limited Submissions Annual Calendar

Research Development

Find a list of active internal competitions and submit to an internal competition.

Active Internal Competitions and Submission Portal

Research Development

Search a curated database of funding opportunities.

Pivot-RP provides access to a searchable database of funding opportunities from federal, foundation and private sponsors. Must be an MIT affiliate.

Research Development

Find information on private and community foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S. and recently awarded grants

Foundation Directory Online via MIT Libraries Must be an MIT affiliate. Please email OFR before contacting a foundation.

Office of Foundation Relations

Industry Funding and Moving Research to the Marketplace

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Connect with potential industry partners and get support for your startup

MIT Corporate Relations facilitates engagement between corporations, MIT, and MIT-connected startups through two integrated programs, the MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) and MIT Startup Exchange.

MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP)

MIT Startup Exchange

Explore sponsored research and collaboration opportunities with industry and other non-federal sponsors and collaborators, or get help developing an opportunity in this area

Office of Strategic Alliances and Technology Transfer (OSATT):

OSATT Core OSATT Core works with MIT researchers and non-federal sponsors to help develop mutually-beneficial research projects for collaboration and sponsorship, negotiate sponsored research and collaboration agreements, and support ongoing research engagements, particularly master research agreements. Catalysts serve as a first point of contact for MIT PIs engaging with industry, to help align expectations early in the negotiation process, and then as a navigator through MIT’s administrative processes.


Get help with a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), data use agreement (DUA), or a materials transfer agreement (MTA) for research

OSATT Core’s NDA/DUA/MTA team reviews and negotiates research-related non-disclosure, confidentiality, data use/sharing and material transfer agreements.

Submit requests through the NDA/DUA portal.

For MTA requests, please visit: https://tlo.mit.edu/incoming-mta-requests


Explore invention management, disclosure and licensing process, or discuss intellectual property (IP) policies and assignment obligations.

Technology Licensing Office: Support for MIT faculty, staff or students who wish to disclose an invention if they believe their research could be commercialized for public benefit and use through licensing, including Open Source.

Technology Licensing Office

Other Resources

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Apply for funding/submit a proposal to a federal, non-federal or industry sponsor

Research Administration Services (RAS): All research proposals (federal, non-federal and industry proposals) must be submitted five business days prior to the sponsor deadline. Use the Five-Day Calculator. Proposals are submitted to RAS.

RAS Contract Administrators

Connect with MIT tools and teams to support my research

Download the Research@MIT App. The app is available in MIT’s Atlas Suite, offering tools for research administration, collaboration, compliance, and innovation management.

If you need immediate help with the app, please contact the IS&T Service Desk for support.