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. View the Call for Proposals..
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.
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While the call is open to proposals on any energy topic, MITEI Members have indicated a special interest in proposals that address natural gas (including natural gas liquids) monetization opportunities and challenges or that focus on materials for energy. For gas monetization we include, for example, transportation, liquefaction, compressed natural gas, and conversion to chemicals in the context of evolving global gas markets, coupled gas and power, and stranded resources. Problems of interest for materials range from design of novel materials for targeted functionality in energy applications, manufacturing methods for these materials, scaling production to match energy systems, additive manufacturing, etc. to new applications of materials for energy, e.g., energy efficiency, fouling prevention, and improved heat transfer. In the spirit of this broad call for proposals, these brief descriptions are meant to be illustrative, not limiting.
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 5, 2013||RFP for seed fund proposals|
|December 23, 2013||Seed fund grant application deadline|
|Early March, 2014||Grant awards announced|
|Aprli 1, 2014||Start date for seed fund projects|