J-WAFS Solutions Program

A grant program aimed at moving MIT water and food sector technologies from labs into the commercial world to improve the productivity, accessibility, and sustainability of the world's water and food systems. 

The J-WAFS Solutions program is  part of a research collaboration with Community Jameel — the social enterprise organization led by Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel '78—and is administered by J-WAFS in partnership with the MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation.  Since 2015, this grant program has provided funding and facilitated mentor relationships with industry leaders in order to help MIT faculty and students commercialize breakthrough water and food sector technologies and inventions by transforming promising ideas at MIT into innovative products and cutting-edge spinout companies. 

Funded projects align with J-WAFS' strategic research focus around water and food supply.  These research projects are aimed at conceptualizing and developing products and services that will have a significant impact on water and food security, with related economic and societal benefits.  J-WAFS Solutions-funded projects have resulted in spinout companies such as Via Separations, which is making available a novel graphene membrane technology to improve the efficiency of industrial dairy processing, and Xibus Systems, a company that is developing a handheld food safety sensor.  Additionally, Solutions grant-funded projects have resulted in several open-sourced technologies aimed to improve the quality and accessibility of water. 

The J-WAFS Solutions program awards one-year grants of up to $150,000 to up to three MIT research projects per year. Find out more about the grant program and submission requirements here

 

“Early stage ideas can more readily get funding, whereas support for commercialization is harder to come by. This is doubly the case when one considers a product like ours which is intended for low income economies where it is meeting a great need. So the J-WAFS Solutions grant provided us with a huge opportunity.”

—Susan Murcott, Lecturer, MIT D-Lab

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