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 Professor Jeff Grossman’s $150K MITEI Seed Fund project on 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 $18.6 million for 142 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 2015 - 2016 MIT Energy Initiative Energy Research Seed Fund Program request for proposals closed on December 9, 2015.

The Seed Fund Program hit a new record this year: MITEI received 80 proposals with a total of 94 principal investigators from 24 different MIT Departments, Labs, and Centers.

Award winners will be announced in March 2016.