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 has closed. Funding decisions will be announced in early summer.
2017-2018 is the inaugural year for two J-WAFS graduate student fellowships: the Rasikbhai L. Meswani Fellowship for Water Solutions and the J-WAFS Graduate Student Fellowship Program. Selected doctoral students will receive one semester of funding.
The Rasikbhai L. Meswani Fellowship for Water Solutions is a doctoral fellowship for students pursuing research related to water and water supply at MIT. Up to two outstanding students will be selected annually to receive fellowship support; the Fellowship currently covers one academic semester. This fellowship was made possible by Elina and Nikhil Meswani and family. Through it we seek to support outstanding MIT students who are pursuing solutions to the pressing global water supply challenges of our time.
The J-WAFS Research Affiliate Program offers companies the opportunity to partner with MIT around food and water research. The program is central to J-WAFS' efforts to engage across sector and disciplinary boundaries in solving real-world problems. A portion of each Research Affiliate’s fees support the J-WAFS Graduate Student Fellowship Program. 2017–2018 is the inaugural year for this fellowship. One MIT doctoral student pursuing work in water and water supply will be supported for one semester.
Application to the Meswani Fellowship and the J-WAFS Graduate Student Fellowship is by faculty nomination; nominating faculty and students interested in the fellowship should read the J-WAFS Fellowships for Water Solutions call for nominations for instructions and nominating requirements.
Fellowship nomination packets should be submitted to Andi Sutton, communications and program manager at J-WAFS, at arsutton [at] mit.edu. Nomination packets are due by 5 pm on Thursday, May 18, 2017.