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OSATT Core is the front porch where MIT, sponsors and other collaborators engage in the development, negotiation and launch of sponsored research and research-related activities to enable innovation for a better world. Three OSATT Core teams--Catalysts, Strategic Transactions and Alliance Management--provide a tripod of support for these engagements.

Internally, we coordinate with, and serve as a resource to, MIT department and school administration, Research Administration Services (RAS), the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) and other operational offices. Externally, we are a primary contact for non-federal sponsors interested in sponsoring or otherwise engaging in research opportunities at MIT.


Catalysts serve as an initial point of contact for MIT faculty and organizations that fund or sponsor research (or research-related activities) at MIT to support the development and refinement of project ideas and expectations towards the realization of mutually beneficial engagements.

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Strategic Transactions

The Strategic Transactions Team (STT) is responsible for drafting, reviewing and negotiating sponsored research and collaboration agreements, as well as confidentiality, data use, material transfer and other research-related agreements.

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Alliance Management

Alliance Managers connect faculty and other MIT researchers with the appropriate information, resources, and connections they need to facilitate their commitments to MIT’s external partners and collaborators.


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Meghan McCollum Fenno joined MIT as Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel in 2017, became Director of OSATT’s Strategic Transactions Team in 2019, and is currently Executive Director of the OSATT Core and Counsel.

Prior to joining MIT, Meghan was the Director of Technology Transactions in Harvard’s Office of Technology Development. Before Harvard, Meghan was an Associate Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at the University of Massachusetts; she has also worked at the law firms Choate, Hall & Stewart and Saul Ewing LLP in their corporate, IP and emerging technology practice areas.

Meghan holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and a B.A. from Wellesley College.

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Meghan McCollum Fenno

Executive Director & Counsel
OSATT Core & Office of General Counsel