Seed Funds

MIT Skoltech Seed Fund awards a Second Year of Seed Grant Funding

The MIT Skoltech Seed Fund has awarded in excess of $800,000 in second-year Seed Grant Funding to 11 projects for 1 year. The grants are awarded to 11 researchers from 9 MIT Departments and Programs representing 3 schools. 

The call for proposals by the MIT Skoltech Seed Fund welcomed submissions for innovative projects that have the potential to benefit the development of Skoltech or the mission of the Skolkovo Foundation. The second year MIT Skoltech Seed Fund awardees address a wide range of topics:

Discovering New Superconductors from Quantum Critical Electron Fluids 

Riccardo Comin, Department of Physics, MIT
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Early Onset Biomarkers Enable Intervention Against Liver Cancer

John M. Essigmann, Departments of Chemistry, Biological Engineering and Center for Environmental Health Sciences, MIT
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Development of a Project Based Class on Engineering Innovation

Douglas P. Hart, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
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Where will You Export Next? Knowledge Diffusion and the Evolution of International Trade

Cesar A. Hidalgo, Collective Learning Group, MIT Media Lab, MIT
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Probing the Specificity of Toxins from Type II Toxin- Antitoxin Systems

Michael Laub, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, MIT
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Technological Domain Formation

Christopher L. Magee, Institute for Data, Systems and Society, MIT
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Safe All Solid State Batteris

Jennifer L.M. Rupp, Electrochemical Materials Laboratory, MIT 
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Extracting and Employing Intellectual Property Constraints in the Space of Design Alternatives

Warren Seering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT 
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Recovering Hydrocarbons from Flare Gas with Reverse-Selective Membranes

Zachary P. Smith, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT
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Damage Resistance via Anisotropy-Graded Microstructure Design

Cemal Cem Tasan, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT
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3D-Printing of Functional Carbon Nanotube-Hydrogel Composites for Advanced Wearable Sensors

Xuanhe Zhao, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
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MIT Skoltech Seed Fund awards $1,200,000 in First Year of Seed Grant Funding

The MIT Skoltech Seed Fund has awarded the first year seed grants to 13 projects for 1 year, to researchers from 9 MIT departments, representing 3 schools, and 1 program. 

The call for proposals by the MIT Skoltech Seed Fund welcomed submissions for innovative projects that have the potential to benefit the development of Skoltech or the mission of the Skolkovo Foundation, and strongly encouraged proposals that involve collaborative research with Skoltech or other Russian academic and research institutions.  

The MIT Skoltech Seed Fund awardees address a wide range of topics: 

Boundary Element Methods for Shape Analysis

Justin Solomon, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, MIT
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Massive Multiple-Access for the Internet of Things

Yury Polyanskiy, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, MIT
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Towards Theoretical Foundations of Unsupervised Deep Learning

Aleksander Madry, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, MIT
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Identifying Aggregation-Prone and Aggregation-Resistant Conformations of Amyloid Beta

Collin Stultz, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, MIT
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A Novel Product Design Environment for Health Monitoring Wearables

Stefanie Mueller, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, MIT
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Programming and Reprogramming Cardiac Tissue

Laurie Boyer, Department of Biology and Biomedical Engineering, MIT
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Photo-Ferroelectric Materials for Photovoltaics and Photonics

Rafael Jaramillo, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT
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Big Data Challenges and International Collaborative Programs in Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy

Erik Katsavounidis, Department of Physics, MIT
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Building Bridges Between MIT and Skoltech

Elizabeth Wood, School of Humantieis, Arts, and Social Sciences, MIT
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MIT Global Startup Lab in Russia: Fostering Technology Entrepreneurship

Elizabeth Wood, School of Humantieis, Arts, and Social Sciences, MIT
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Russia in the Post-Paris World: New Energy Landscape

Sergey Paltsev, MIT Energy Initiative 
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Developing Novel STING Agonists and STING Agonist Delivery Vehicles

Karl Wittrup, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT
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Model Reduction for High-frequency Wave Scattering

Laurent Demanet, Department of Mathematics, MIT
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