Seed Fund Program


The MIT Energy Initiative Seed Fund Program supports innovative, early-stage research across the energy spectrum—from gas monetization to advanced materials to big data to related environmental areas. The program seeks to encourage researchers from across MIT to collaborate in exploring new energy-related ideas and to open up new avenues for research. Each year, the program successfully attracts well-established energy experts as well as new faculty who need startup support and others who are applying their expertise in different fields to energy for the first time. To date the Program has provided about $15.8 million for 129 early-stage research projects in 22 departments across campus.

The grants are supported by funding provided through the MITEI Founding and Sustaining Members Program. All MIT faculty or members of the research staff with principal investigator privileges at the start of the funding are eligible. The program is not designed to provide additional resources for projects that are already underway.

Please check back in fall 2014 for information about the 2015 call for proposals.

Seed Fund Research Highlights

Novel bromine battery: Small-scale demo, large-scale promise

Novel bromine battery: Small-scale demo, large-scale promise

Low-cost, high-capacity, rechargeable battery could one day enable widespread adoption of intermittent energy sources such as solar and wind.

June 10, 2014Read more
Ocean microbes display a hidden talent: releasing countless tiny lipid-filled  
sacs

Ocean microbes display a hidden talent: releasing countless tiny lipid-filled sacs

MIT finding could one day lead to new approaches for manufacturing biofuels.

June 10, 2014Read more
Achieving Energy Efficiency with “Local Warming”

Achieving Energy Efficiency with “Local Warming”

MIT researchers develop a system that creates personalized climates around individuals – an alternative to heating entire buildings.

June 9, 2014Read more
MIT Energy Initiative announces new seed grant awards

MIT Energy Initiative announces new seed grant awards

Latest round of MITEI seed grants supports early-stage innovative energy projects.

March 27, 2014Read more
A Brighter Future for Filtered Seawater

A Brighter Future for Filtered Seawater

MIT researchers find new filters can make desalination plants cheaper, smaller and faster.

February 12, 2014Read more