Our Impact

J-WAFS is focused on advancing MIT research in order to find solutions to the greatest water and food systems challenges of our time. 

Since 2014, our investments in the MIT research community have developed transformative solutions to specific water and food sector problems, brought new technologies to market, built new knowledge from foundational research discoveries, and supported policies that are needed to ensure the resilient food and water supplies that humankind needs. In addition, we continue to grow the community of water and food researchers at MIT and the funding base to support them.

A snapshot of our impact as of fall 2019 is given below.


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MIT Research Supported by J-WAFS

Through 2019, J-WAFS has distributed over $11 million to catalyze MIT research in the water and food sectors across the Institute through various grant and commercialization programs, student fellowships, and innovation prizes. Our work has appeared at renowned conferences, individual stakeholder gatherings, has touched individuals and thought-leaders around the world, and has resulted in papers published in a wide variety of respected journals and other publications

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Follow-on Funds to Amplify our Impact

Through 2019, J-WAFS-funded researchers have received over $12 million in follow-on funding to extend and expand their J-WAFS-supported research.

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J-WAFS-supported MIT Researchers

Via our various grant making programs, J-WAFS has provided funding to support over 200 MIT professors, students (graduate and undergraduate), postdocs, and staff researchers.

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MIT Schools Funded by J-WAFS

Since 2015, J-WAFS grants have supported researchers from all five of MIT's schools: the School of Engineering, the School of Science, the School of Architecture and Planning, the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and the Sloan School of Management.

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Departments, Labs, and Centers Funded by J-WAFS

J-WAFS funds MIT researchers across all schools and programs at MIT, in order to apply a wide variety of disciplinary knowledge and methodologies to the pursuit of innovative water and food systems solutions. Researchers from 21 of MIT's departments, labs, and centers (DLCs) have received J-WAFS grants.

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Geographic Reach of J-WAFS Research

J-WAFS-funded research addresses water and food challenges specific to particular countries and localities as well as those that affect populations across diverse locations. 18 research projects have had a specific geographic focus, including regions across the African continent (in particular Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia), India (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka states), Senegal, Haiti, and Texas and California in the USA..

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Commercializing Technology

J-WAFS funding has supported the launch of two spinout companies, Via Separations and Xibus Systems, and two open-sourced technologies.