Call for analytics research proposals and announcement of seed funding for non-tenured professors

Research will be conducted through the Accenture and MIT Alliance in Business Analytics.


Accenture and MIT have issued a call for research proposals from MIT faculty to further discover advanced analytics solutions that can help solve some of the most complex and challenging problems facing today’s global companies. Accenture and MIT are also providing seed funding for non-tenured professors to support their analytics research.

Through the Accenture and MIT Alliance in Business Analytics, Accenture analytics experts, MIT faculty and researchers, and a select group of participating companies have come together to research the use of analytics in areas such as social media causal monitoring, learning and revenue optimization, equipment failure prediction, and fraud detection and prevention. The call for proposals from MIT faculty is for the next round of research that will begin in early 2015.

“We are pleased to provide seed funding to support non-tenured faculty and their research. This also benefits the alliance by continuing to bring in new thinking and ideas to the alliance’s research portfolio,” says Professor David Simchi-Levi, co-lead of the Accenture and MIT Alliance in Business Analytics.

Narendra Mulani, senior managing director of Accenture Analytics and co-lead of the Accenture and MIT Alliance in Business Analytics, says: “The research results already obtained through the alliance have established new advanced analytics solutions that can help businesses improve customer loyalty, increase revenues, and improve their business operations. We’re excited to continue the analytics research journey with this next round of research projects and drive real business outcomes through analytics.”

The new research charters, which can be viewed by MIT faculty, are listed here


Call for proposals and submission instructions


Both tenured and non-tenured professors are invited to submit a proposal to participate in an upcoming Accenture and MIT Alliance in Business Analytics research project. The submission process and timing details are as follows:

Tenured faculty: Tenured faculty that would like to participate in a currently listed research charter or submit a new research idea, please submit a proposal to that includes the following elements: the problem or challenge, the objective of the study, expected outcomes, and the type of data required. New research ideas not related to current charters will be considered pending identification of a participating company.


Non-tenured professors: Non-tenured professors who have not yet participated in alliance research may also submit research ideas and proposals for potential seed funding. To submit a research idea for seed funding, please contact Leslie Sheppard at

Both charter and seed funding proposals must be submitted by Nov. 30 and focus on business analytics applications that can solve challenging real-world problems. All proposals will be reviewed and approved by the alliance’s board in December, and successful candidates will be notified by email. Depending on the submission date, research projects may begin as early as January 2015 and must be completed within a 12-month timeframe.