MIT ILP. Where industry meets innovation.
HIE have an ongoing strategic relationship with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As part of this relationship, HIE are members of the MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP). The ILP is a comprehensive portal to MIT, enabling members to harness MIT resources to address current challenges and to anticipate future needs. The ILP helps members (ranging from private companies to government organisations from around the world) to monitor MIT research developments, identify MIT resources of interest, arrange expert face to face meetings with MIT faculty and advise members on research sponsorship and technology licensing opportunities.
HIE have been members of the MIT ILP since 2005. This has allowed HIE and some of the companies we support to have access to people, departments, projects, technologies, knowledge and events at MIT that they would not otherwise have access to.
HIE has its own ILP Manager on site at MIT, Marie-Teresa Vander Sande, who manages HIE’s interest at MIT and our access to and relationships with various projects, departments, staff and students. She understands HIE’s remit and priorities, the needs of the Highlands and Islands region and HIE’s client base and works alongside HIE to extract value from MIT.
HIE’s ILP Manager can:
This service is managed by the HIE Sectors, Innovation & Programmes Team but is available to all HIE staff, account managed clients and HIE Key Sectors teams who may be interested in linking in their projects or company base with some of the cutting edge research and innovation taking place at MIT. This service may be particularly beneficial for HIE Account Managers who are wishing to explore new thinking, approaches or tools for their account managed clients.
HIE have set up numerous knowledge transfer visits to MIT in the past and ILP membership allows HIE staff, sector teams and account managed clients direct access to events on the MIT campus, knowledge, research, international experts, faculty members and students leading to rapid expansion of their global network. ILP membership also allows HIE to meet and collaborate with other ILP corporate members from around the world.
Through the MIT ILP, HIE has delivered a unique Knowledge Transfer service to HIE staff, account managed businesses and partner organisations. Events and visit programmes have been developed both in Boston and in Scotland and a two-way flow of people from MIT and the Highlands & Islands has been actively encouraged.
Some examples of how Highlands and Islands businesses have benefited from the ILP service in the past are:
You can find out more about the ILP programme at ilp.mit.edu. If you would like to discuss the opportunity for connecting with MIT through HIE’s ILP membership, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org