The Initiative's Seed Fund Program supports innovative, early-stage research projects. The program is not designed to provide additional resources for projects that are already underway.
Through the grants MITEI seeks to encourage researchers from across MIT to collaborate in exploring new energy-related ideas and to open up new avenues for energy-related research employing the full range of Institute capabilities. Proposals across the entire spectrum of energy and related environmental research areas are eligible.
While the call is open to proposals on any energy topic, MITEI Members have indicated a special interest in proposals that address "big data" challenges related to energy. Whether for subsurface imaging, smart infrastructure development, urbanization, transportation systems, or other energy-related activity, the limits of current capability are being pushed by the capture, processing, storage, sharing, visualization, and mining of rapidly scaling data sets with varying characteristics, such as quality and complexity.
It is anticipated that awards will be up to $150,000, with periods of performance of up to two years. These grants will be supported with Seed Fund Program funding provided through the MITEI Founding and Sustaining Members Program.
The MITEI Seed Fund Program is open to all who, at the start of funding, are MIT faculty or members of the research staff with principal investigator privileges. No researcher may be listed as PI on more than two proposals submitted in any given funding round.
|November 7, 2012||RFP for seed fund proposals|
|January 7, 2013||Seed fund grant application deadline|
|Mid-March||Grant awards announced|
|April 1, 2013||Start date for seed fund projects|
Making electricity with Photovoltaics
Reaching underground resources
A novel ultracapacitor