Seed Funds

MIT Skoltech Program call for seed fund proposals, for the
period 2017–2018

After a successful first round of seed grants, the MIT Skoltech Seed Fund Program is pleased to call for a second round of proposals from MIT Principal Investigators from any school.

The Program seeks innovative projects that have the potential to benefit either the development of Skoltech or the mission of the Skolkovo Foundation (Skolkovo Foundation mission statement). A list of past seed fund awards can be found at: Year One Seed Fund Grants.

Interested researchers are encouraged to submit proposals in the following 3 main categories:

  1. Research projects in the following areas of science and engineering:
    • Biomedicine
    • Energy
    • IT – Data Science and Computational Modeling
    • Product Design and Manufacturing
    • Space
  2. Research projects in the areas of policy, economics, humanities, arts and social sciences. The Program is especially interested in research projects in the following fields:
    • 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 on 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 application type activity), etc.

The MIT Skoltech Seed Fund Program strongly encourages proposals that involve collaborative research with Skoltech or other Russian academic and research institutions.  If a proposal allows for collaboration with Skoltech or other Russian institution but you have no connection in Russia yet, the Program can help to connect with a counterpart at Skoltech, upon receipt of the grant.

The Program will give preference to proposals that involve MIT and/or Skoltech students in a meaningful way and that have potential for sustainability beyond the grant period.

How to Apply

The deadline to submit proposals is July 28, 2017. The MIT Skoltech Seed Fund will award grants in amounts up to US$ 75,000, for a grant period of one year. Applicants will be informed of the results by end of August 2017. Funds will be available for use September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018.

Funding may be used for, but is not limited to, salaries (including summer salaries as well as RA, postdoc and other salaries), tuition, material & supply costs, travel and meeting costs to facilitate collaboration in Russia or for a foreign collaborator to meet at MIT and indirect costs.

Applications must include a project proposal and a project budget. For both the project proposal and the project budget please use the following templates.

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Please submit the project proposal and project budget via email to edernst@mit.edu. Any area or budget related questions can be raised via this email 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, publications by the project, if any, as well as a final budget. The report need only be 2–4 pages in length, and may be used in whole or in part in materials submitted to governing bodies, as well as on the MIT Skoltech Program website.

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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