Collaboration and Networking
J-WAFS maintains a networking spreadsheet for persons active in the Food & Water sectors. The spreadsheet is designed to convene students, faculty, and industry for collaborative work on research, prize competitions or other proposals.
The MIT Climate Portal serves as a community forum to connect people leading research and action on climate change through worldwide discussion.
Student and Alumni Groups
The MIT Water Club serves as a forum for discussion and teaching about water technology, policy and science.
The MIT Food and Agriculture Club brings together students – and other MIT community members – to educate, coordinate and support work in the areas of food and agriculture.
“We work at multiple levels to fulfill our mission of spreading innovative ideas that promote sustainable practices."
The MIT Energy Club is one of the largest student-run organizations at MIT, with over 5,000 members. Our mission is to bring students, professionals, and policymakers together for facts-based analyses of the most pressing challenges in energy.
The MIT Energy, Environment, and Sustainability Network is a Facebook group of MIT students and alumni who want to identify and share expertise and interests in energy and the environment with others.
LCAU has announced the Norman B. Leventhal City Prize, a $100,000 award given to MIT faculty to undertake an urban design project in partnership with an external organization. The award’s first cycle focuses on resilience. Urban resilience solutions often involve modifications, such as rooftop gardens and greenways, that strengthen the natural environment and local agriculture.
Awards: One grant of $100,000
This new prize is intended to be the premier food and agribusiness business plan competition for university and graduate students. It is sponsored by Rabobank, a leading institution in agribusiness financing, and is supported by J-WAFS and the MIT Food and Agriculture Club. The two-stage competition will culminate with finalist teams presenting their business plans as they compete to win $25,000 in total prize money.
Awards: Three prizes ranging from $5,000 to $12,000
The MIT Water Innovation Prize is a solutions to market competition focused on water startups. It uses a competitive platform to promote the creation and development of innovative products & services aimed at solving the world's water challenges.
Awards: Varied grants totaling $30,000
The MIT Clean Energy Prize is a multi-stage, student-organized business plan competition. University teams from across the United States enter their business ideas in one of three categories:
MIT CEP judges select 15-21 business plans (5-7 from each category), which then receive mentoring, $1,000, and access to other MIT CEP resources. During this time, semifinalists develop and refine their business plans before presenting them to a panel of expert judges at the CEP Finals event
Awards: Several awards totaling $380,000
Developed in conjunction with MIT's 150th anniversary in 2011 and built on the success of the IDEAS Competition, the IDEAS Global Challenge offers a window into innovation at MIT and invites students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their collaborators to identify and address community development challenges through innovation and collaboration in communities around the world.
Awards: Up to $10,000
One competition – three independent contests – from September through May. For 25 years, the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition has been bringing together students and researchers from across MIT and Greater Boston to launch their talent, ideas, and technology into leading companies. The competition is run as a series of distinct, increasingly intensive contests:
Each contest focuses on developing specific founding skills, and for each semi-finalist contender the MIT $100K brings together a network of resources, including mentorship from venture capitalists, serial entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and attorneys; media exposure; prototyping funds; business plan feedback; and discounted services. Additionally, more than $300K in non-dilutive awards help these new ventures accelerate.
Awards: Between $1,000 and $100,000
The student prize is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students who have inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy. "Eat it!" rewards students working on technology-based inventions that can improve food and agriculture.
Awards: Up to $15,000
Solve MIT is an MIT initiative with the goal of identifying the best solutions to specific, actionable global challenges through open innovation. Solutions are solicited through periodic open calls and are open to anyone around the globe. "Solvers" are selected by a panel of judges and are featured in annual events, receive industry mentors, and have access to the community of leaders, entrepreneurs, and changemakers invested in seeing the solutions flourish.
Awards: Mentorship opportunities by global business executives and entrepreneurs as well as access to the Solve community.
The Center for Advanced Urbanism is committed to fostering a rigorous design culture for the large scale; by focusing our disciplinary conversations about architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, and systems thinking, not about the problems of yesterday, but of tomorrow.
This Center is a partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) Mechanical Engineering Departments. Our collaboration focuses on research in desalination, low carbon energy, related areas of design and manufacturing as well as curriculum development in Mechanical Engineering.
CENSAM is a collaborative research program involving many faculty members from CEE and other departments and universities. Researchers primarily from MIT and universities in Singapore are developing pervasive environmental sensor networks to collect data from many sources on parameters such as air and water quality.
The MIT Center for Global Change Science (CGCS) seeks to better understand the natural mechanisms in ocean, atmosphere, and land systems that together control the Earth's climate, and to apply improved knowledge to problems of predicting climate changes.
As part of the City Science initiative at the MIT Media Lab, we explore the technological, environmental, social, and economic design of scalable systems capable of producing affordable and high quality food in the heart of our future cities.
The Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) is an MIT program dedicated to developing methods for product evaluation in global development. They develop courses on product evaluation in global development for students and practitioners such as this 2017 edX course, Technology Evaluation for Global Development, as well as toolkits and models for practitioners who want to replicate their approach.
The Center provides grants and resources to help MIT faculty and students move their ideas from the lab to the market place.
D-Lab is building a global network of innovators to design and disseminate technologies that meaningfully improve the lives of people living in poverty. The program’s mission is pursued through interdisciplinary courses, technology development, and community initiatives, all of which emphasize experiential learning, real-world projects, community-led development, and scalability.
The Environmental Policy and Planning Group (EPP) focuses on the decision-making tools by which society conserves and manages natural resources and ensures sustainable development. Areas of concern include toxic and hazardous waste management, environmental technology, water and air quality, global climate change, facility siting, environmental justice and brownfield development.
This new initiative promotes research that engages wide participation by members of the MIT community to address the most significant interdisciplinary problems in our environment, spanning the physical and social sciences; engineering; and urban planning and policy.
J-PAL's Agriculture Program focuses on researching strategies to improve agricultural productivity.
The MIT Joint Program integrates natural and social science to produce analyses relevant to global change and energy policy debates. By bringing together both science and policy, the Joint Program provides an independent assessment of the impacts of global change and the expected values of responsive action.
The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT was founded on the belief that economic progress and good governance in low-income countries emerge from entrepreneurship and innovations that empower ordinary citizens.
The Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship educates and nurtures students from across the Institute who are interested in learning the skills to design, launch, and grow innovation-based ventures.
Actively promoting a unique, antidisciplinary culture, the MIT Media Lab encourages an unconventional mixing and matching of seemingly disparate research areas.
The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) helps transform the global energy system to meet the needs of the future and helps build a bridge to that future by improving today's energy systems. The four components of the MITEI program are energy research, education, campus energy management, and outreach activities.
The MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp program creates MOOCs devoted to entrepreneurship and innovation and produces a series of multi-day application-only "bootcamps" around the globe where participants can develop and practice skills in entrepreneurship. In 2017 they started the MIT Beyond Food bootcamp and hosted a series of webinars on food innovations which are archived and available here.
The MIT Innovation Initiative is an Institute-wide, multi-year agenda to transform the Institute’s innovation ecosystem – internally, around the globe and with its partners – for accelerated impact well into the 21st century.
The MIT Venture Mentoring Service is a free and confidential service exclusively for the MIT community in the greater Boston area. MIT VMS harnesses the knowledge and experience of volunteer experienced entrepreneurs to help prospective entrepreneurs develop the business skills needed to bring their ideas and inventions to market. VMS is for MIT students, alumni, faculty and staff who have ideas they would like to see placed into practice. MIT VMS participants receive practical hands-on advice from teams of 2-5 mentors tailored to each mentee’s challenges.
The Parsons Laboratory for Environmental Science and Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has a long history of highly respected water and environmental research. From its inception as a hydrodynamics laboratory in the 1950s, the lab has evolved into a multidisciplinary research center focused primarily on natural waters and the environment.