Faculty Development Resources


Venture Mentoring Service

The MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) is an organization formed to support entrepreneurial activity throughout the MIT community and, thereby, to further the educational mission of MIT. VMS believes that the active support of entrepreneurial activities contribute to the entrepreneurship education of the MIT community, strengthens MIT’s role as a world leader in innovation, and broadens MIT’s base of potential support.

Office of Foundation Relations

The Office of Foundation Relations works with faculty and senior leadership to cultivate relationships with and develop approaches to foundations that share MIT’s dedication to education and the practical application of research. We look forward to working with MIT faculty and with foundations on projects of mutual interest. See their Faculty-specific page for more information.

Technology Licensing Office (TLO)

The MIT Technology Licensing Office fosters commercial investment in the development of inventions and discoveries flowing from the research at MIT and the Lincoln Lab. They assist MIT inventors in protecting their technology, and in the licensing of that technology to existing companies and startups. For more information visit TLO’s website.

Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)

The Office of Sponsored Programs is committed to providing high quality research administration support to the MIT community. OSP is composed of six units: Grant and Contract Administration; Contract Specialist; Research Subawards; Cost Analysis; Coeus Application Development and Consortium Support; and Training, Communication, and Coeus Support. They offer a wide array of services to the MIT research community.

MIT International Science & Technology Initiatives (MISTI)

MISTI offers opportunities to jump start a project with colleagues abroad. MISTI Global Seed Funds enable MIT faculty and research scientists to initiate international projects and collaboration (see SHASS "Soundings" blog article. The 2013 deadline for the MISTI Global Seed Funds application submission is September 23, 2013.

The Alumni Class Funds

The Alumni Class Funds office distributes funds from the generous support of alumni from the Classes of 1951, 1955, 1972, and 1999. These resources initiate innovative educational projects, particularly for undergraduate education. This funding is intended as seed money for new, "high risk" initiatives that encourage creative curriculum and teaching changes, improve the quality of teaching, and enrich the learning experience, including the imaginative use of technology and applications.

Alex and Brit d’Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Education

The d’Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Education, established in 1999, has been an important catalyst for educational innovation in the MIT undergraduate curriculum. MIT faculty members are encouraged to submit preliminary proposals early in the fall for projects to improve the quality of teaching and enhance learning experiences through creative curricular and pedagogical initiatives. A committee, chaired by the Dean for Undergraduate Education, will review the preliminary proposals and invite applicants who pass the initial screening to submit full proposals.