Seed Fund Program




The Smithsonian’s top 5 scientific milestones of 2012 included multi-billion dollar efforts…the discovery of the Higgs Boson, NASA’s Mars rover landing…and MIT Professor Jeff Grossman’s $150K MITEI Seed Fund project on more efficient water desalination.

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 $17.4 million for 140 early-stage research 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. Download the 2014-2015 MITEI Seed Fund Call (.doc).

The 2014-2015 MITEI Seed Fund Call for Proposals is now closed.

Seed Fund Research Highlights

J-WAFS awards $1.8 million in first round of seed-grant funding

J-WAFS awards $1.8 million in first round of seed-grant funding

Nine grants of $200,000 for two years have been awarded to researchers from 11 MIT departments

July 8, 2015Read more
Using the sun’s heat to make electricity

Using the sun’s heat to make electricity

Novel system will deliver 24/7

December 15, 2014Read more
Assessing climate impacts of energy technologies

Assessing climate impacts of energy technologies

A new accounting of methane’s role

December 15, 2014Read more
MIT Inventor of ‘LiquiGlide’ on WBUR

MIT Inventor of ‘LiquiGlide’ on WBUR

MIT research that promises to keep ice off of airplane wings and make desalination plants more efficient also is helping consumers waste less

November 26, 2014Read more