Each of the MPI Research Centers has its own budget, research staff, and research projects. There are established by-laws with clear guidelines on governance, project selection, steering committee responsibilities, and ownership and protection of the intellectual property.
Unlike conventional research programs, each research project has a focus group made up of members. The focus groups supply the research teams with an industrial perspective on the research, and support the project with equipment and supplies when needed. In this manner, there is a great deal of connectivity between the fundamental research carried out at WPI and the industrial relevance of the work.