After two successful rounds of seed grants, the MIT Skoltech Seed Fund Program is calling for a third round of proposals from MIT principal investigators from any of the Institute’s schools, departments, laboratories, or centers. The call is open now through Jan. 26.
The MIT Skoltech Seed Fund Program encourages both new applications and renewals.
New applications are for innovative projects that should have the potential to benefit either the development of Skoltech or the mission of the Skolkovo Foundation’s mission. The program especially encourages proposals that promote experimental or applied research at Skoltech or other Russian academic and research institutions.
Renewal applications for grants that expire in January 2018 allow for the continuation of research projects that were funded in the first round of the MIT Skoltech Seed Fund Program. The program has already supported 24 projects with more than $2 million in funding. A list of past seed fund awards can be found online.
Interested researchers are encouraged to submit proposals in three categories:
- Research projects in the areas of science and engineering (life sciences and biomedicine; design, manufacturing, and materials; energy, computational and data-intensive science, and AI; mathematical physics, photonics and quantum materials; and space).
- Projects in the areas of policy, economics, humanities, arts, and social sciences (especially innovation and entrepreneurship; international collaborative programs; technology and policy; and Russian studies in general, including Russian history, Russian art, and the Russian economy).
- Non-research projects to promote engagement and collaboration in topics and activities that may impact Russia, Skoltech, or other Russian institutions, such as developing or teaching a course, student exchanges, event organization (such as a hackathon or other related activity).
The MIT Skoltech Seed Fund Program awards grants in amounts up to $75,000 for one year.