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Research

At MIT, pushing the boundaries of knowledge and possibility is our joyful obsession, and we celebrate fundamental discoveries and practical applications alike. As educators, we also value research as a potent form of learning by doing. Through MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), more than 85% of undergraduates enrich their education through engaging in frontline, faculty-led research.

Research flourishes in our 30 departments across five schools, as well as in dozens of centers, labs, and programs that convene experts across disciplines to explore new intellectual frontiers and attack important societal problems. Our aim is to bring diverse talent to bear, together, on big problems. For instance, the MIT Energy Initiative depends on the participation of a range of faculty and students in its pursuit of sustainable energy at scale. Likewise, the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research is composed of equal parts life scientists and engineers: Together, they are tackling cancer with a blend of medical, scientific, and engineering know-how. Our on-campus research capabilities are enhanced through the work of MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, active research relationships with industry, and a wide range of global collaborations. In this work, the MIT Libraries serve as a crucial partner and a source of important research in their own right.

Centers, Labs & Programs

MIT continually develops organizations and partnerships that foster interdisciplinary work. Listed here are just some of the MIT labs, centers, and programs where groundbreaking research is happening every day.

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MIT researchers have devised a miniaturized system that can deliver tiny quantities of medicine to brain regions as small as 1 cubic millimeter.

Collaborating Institutions

MIT researchers collaborate with many leading local, national, and international organizations to further drive exploration.

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Researchers from MIT and the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory are developing a new space boot with built-in sensors and tiny “haptic” motors, whose vibrations can guide the wearer around or over obstacles.