MIT Institutional Research
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Research Expenditures

View Research Expenditure by Primary Sponsor. Includes NASA, NSF, and more.

Campus Research Expenditures by Primary Sponsor over time

MIT is one of the leading research universities in the world. Basic and applied research at MIT is conducted in two principal locations, the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts and off-campus at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) in Lexington, Massachusetts.

All research support received by MIT faculty and research staff from federal sources is awarded competitively, based on the scientific and technical merit of proposals.


Campus Research Expenditures by Primary Sponsor for FY2018

These numbers represent expenditures by primary originating sponsor. Federal totals include funding that is passed through other sources (universities, etc.)

SponsorExpenditures ($ in thousands)
Department of Defense123,513
Department of Energy72,828
Department of Health and Human Services130,668
National Science Foundation81,563
Other Federal Agencies12,902
Total Federal454,497
Foundations and other Nonprofits94,322
State, Local, and Foreign Governments24,471
MIT Internal14,092
Total Non-Federal277,012
Grand Total731,509
Piechart of FY2018

*Numbers may not total due to rounding.