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 $15.8 million for 129 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.

The 2014-2015 MITEI Seed Fund Proposals are due Friday, December 12, 2014.

Submit your proposal online: MITEI Seed Fund Application
(MIT certificate required)

Seed Fund Research Highlights

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
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