J-WAFS awards seed grants of $100,000 per year for up to two years for innovative research that has the potential to have significant impact on issues of water and food supply. Proposals should be for new, innovative projects that are sufficiently distinct from prior research. All funded projects must be led by a Principal Investigator who has PI privileges at MIT (e.g., professor, senior or principal research scientist, senior or principal research engineer).
The 2017 call for proposals for J-WAFS seed grants is closed. We will announce the new grant recipients in the spring.
The J-WAFS Solutions program, managed by the MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, aims to help MIT faculty and students commercialize breakthrough technologies and inventions by transforming promising ideas at MIT into innovative products and cutting-edge spinout companies. J-WAFS Solutions has the mission of moving water and food technologies from labs at MIT into the commercial world, where they will improve the productivity, accessibility, and sustainability of the world's water and food systems.
The J-WAFS Solutions program is sponsored by Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives, which is represented on the governing committee of the program.
The 2017 call is open and can be found here. Pre-proposals are due by 5 pm on Monday, March 27. (Full proposals are by invitation.)