These grants support innovative MIT research that has the potential to have significant impact on water and food supply challenges. ($75,000 per year, overhead free, up to two years). 


Seed grant proposals should be for new, innovative projects that are sufficiently distinct from prior research. We are looking for early-stage projects that can benefit from one or two years of funding in order to: (1) establish proof of concept or gather critical data that will position the project to qualify for other future sources of funding; or (2) have a clear and significant outcome without subsequent awards. Projects that are intended to have real-world impact are favored. Multidisciplinary projects and projects that have well defined regional or international reach are welcome. New collaborations including team members in different schools of MIT are encouraged, as are proposals from junior faculty. Relevant interactions with industry are also encouraged.

The templates for grant proposal documents are available for download from within the proposal submission site.  MIT researchers submitting proposals can create an account to get access and begin the submission process.

Eligibility: Proposals are sought from MIT principal investigators from all departments, labs, and centers of MIT. The principal investigator submitting the proposal must be an MIT professor or a member of the research staff with principal investigator privileges (generally senior or principal research scientist, or senior or principal engineer.) PIs may participate on up to two submissions per year.  Previously as well as currently funded J-WAFS PIs are also eligible.



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