MIT Skoltech Program Third-Round Call for Seed Fund Proposals
The MIT Skoltech Seed Fund Program is pleased to announce its third-round call for proposals. Proposals will be accepted from MIT Principal Investigators from any school, department, laboratory, or center.
The MIT Skoltech Seed Fund Program encourages both:
- New applications for innovative projects that have the potential to benefit either the development of Skoltech (http://www.skoltech.ru/en/) or the mission of the Skolkovo Foundation (mission statement can be found at https://sk.ru/foundation/about/ ). The Program especially encourages proposals that promote experimental or applied research at Skoltech or other Russian academic and research institutions.
- Renewal applications to allow for the completion of research projects that were funded in the first round of the MIT Skoltech Seed Fund Program (grants that expire in January 2018).
Interested researchers are encouraged to submit proposals in the following 3 categories:
1. Research projects in the areas of science and engineering below:
- Life Sciences and Biomedicine
- Design, Manufacturing, & Materials
- Computational and Data-Intensive Science & AI
- Mathematical Physics
- Photonics & Quantum Materials
2. Projects in the areas of policy, economics, humanities, arts, and social sciences. The Program is especially interested in research projects in the fields below:
- Innovation & Entrepreneurship
- International Collaborative Programs
- Technology & Policy
- Russian studies in general, including Russian history, Russian art, and Russian economy
3. Non-research projects to promote engagement and collaboration in topics and activities that may impact Russia, Skoltech, or other Russian institutions, such as developing a course, teaching a course, student exchange, event organization (e.g., a hackathon or other related activity), etc.
Preference will be given to proposals that include collaboration with Skoltech or another Russian institution, that involve MIT and/or Skoltech students in a meaningful way, or that have the potential for sustainability beyond the funding period.
How to Apply
The deadline to submit proposals is January 26, 2018. The MIT Skoltech Seed Fund will award grants in amounts up to US$ 75,000 total costs, for a grant period of one year. Applicants will be informed of the results by the end of February 2018. Funds will be available for use from March 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019.
Funding may be used for, but is not limited to, MIT salaries (including summer salaries as well as RA, postdoc, and other salaries), tuition for MIT students, materials & supplies, travel & meeting costs to facilitate collaboration in Russia or for a foreign collaborator to meet at MIT, and indirect costs. Funding should not be used for salaries for foreign collaborators.
Applications must include a project proposal and a project budget. For both the proposal and the budget, please use the following templates proposal-template.docx budget.xls. Please submit the project proposal and project budget via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any area- or budget-related questions can be raised via this email address, as well.
At the end of the grant period, grantees will be required to submit a brief report to the MIT Skoltech Program office highlighting the accomplishments and results of the project, the project’s impact on Skoltech or the Skolkovo Foundation, any publications resulting from the project, as well as a final financial statement. The report should be 2–4 pages in length, and may be used in whole or in part in materials submitted to governing bodies and on the MIT Skoltech Program website.
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
Early Onset Biomarkers Enable Intervention Against Liver Cancer
John M. Essigmann, Departments of Chemistry, Biological Engineering and Center for Environmental Health Sciences, MIT
Development of a Project Based Class on Engineering Innovation
Douglas P. Hart, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Where will You Export Next? Knowledge Diffusion and the Evolution of International Trade
Cesar A. Hidalgo, Collective Learning Group, MIT Media Lab, MIT
Probing the Specificity of Toxins from Type II Toxin- Antitoxin Systems
Michael Laub, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, MIT
Technological Domain Formation
Christopher L. Magee, Institute for Data, Systems and Society, MIT
Safe All Solid State Batteris
Jennifer L.M. Rupp, Electrochemical Materials Laboratory, MIT
Extracting and Employing Intellectual Property Constraints in the Space of Design Alternatives
Warren Seering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Recovering Hydrocarbons from Flare Gas with Reverse-Selective Membranes
Zachary P. Smith, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT
Damage Resistance via Anisotropy-Graded Microstructure Design
Cemal Cem Tasan, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT
3D-Printing of Functional Carbon Nanotube-Hydrogel Composites for Advanced Wearable Sensors
Xuanhe Zhao, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Building Bridges between MIT and Skoltech
MIT PI: Elizabeth Wood, Department of History
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
Massive Multiple-Access for the Internet of Things
Yury Polyanskiy, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, MIT
Towards Theoretical Foundations of Unsupervised Deep Learning
Aleksander Madry, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, MIT
Identifying Aggregation-Prone and Aggregation-Resistant Conformations of Amyloid Beta
Collin Stultz, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, MIT
A Novel Product Design Environment for Health Monitoring Wearables
Stefanie Mueller, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, MIT
Programming and Reprogramming Cardiac Tissue
Laurie Boyer, Department of Biology and Biomedical Engineering, MIT
Photo-Ferroelectric Materials for Photovoltaics and Photonics
Rafael Jaramillo, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT
Big Data Challenges and International Collaborative Programs in Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy
Erik Katsavounidis, Department of Physics, MIT
Building Bridges Between MIT and Skoltech
Elizabeth Wood, School of Humantieis, Arts, and Social Sciences, MIT
MIT Global Startup Lab in Russia: Fostering Technology Entrepreneurship
Elizabeth Wood, School of Humantieis, Arts, and Social Sciences, MIT
Russia in the Post-Paris World: New Energy Landscape
Sergey Paltsev, MIT Energy Initiative
Developing Novel STING Agonists and STING Agonist Delivery Vehicles
Karl Wittrup, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT
Model Reduction for High-frequency Wave Scattering
Laurent Demanet, Department of Mathematics, MIT