Seed Fund Program


The MIT Energy Initiative Seed Fund Program supports innovative, early-stage research across the energy spectrum, encouraging researchers from throughout MIT’s five schools to collaborate in exploring new energy-related ideas and to open up new avenues for research. Each year, the program 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 $19.9 million for a total of 151 projects in 29 different departments, labs and centers across campus.

Funding is provided through the MITEI Founding and Sustaining Members Program. All MIT faculty or research staff with principal investigator privileges are eligible.

Seed Fund Research Highlights

Energy research projects awarded funding at MIT

Energy research projects awarded funding at MIT

Annual seed fund program supports early-stage, innovative energy research.

May 3, 2016Read more
MIT Energy Initiative awards nine Seed Fund grants for early-stage energy  
research

MIT Energy Initiative awards nine Seed Fund grants for early-stage energy research

Winning MIT teams will use grants, totaling $1.3 million, to advance research in areas including fuel cells, solar-powered water desalination, and impacts of electric vehicle charging on the power grid.

April 13, 2016Read more
MITEI and Exelon collaborate on clean energy research through MITEI’s  
Low-Carbon Energy Centers

MITEI and Exelon collaborate on clean energy research through MITEI’s Low-Carbon Energy Centers

Exelon’s MITEI membership will support research including energy storage, smarter grids, advanced nuclear generation, and solar energy

February 25, 2016Read more
MIT Energy Initiative issues call for energy research Seed Fund grant  
proposals

MIT Energy Initiative issues call for energy research Seed Fund grant proposals

Open through Dec. 9, Seed Fund supports innovative research across the energy spectrum

November 23, 2015Read more
Shocking new way to get the salt out

Shocking new way to get the salt out

MIT team invents efficient shockwave-based process for desalination of water

November 12, 2015Read more