Deshpande-Masdar Institute Grants

The Masdar Institute and MIT Innovation Program (MMIP) brings MIT and Masdar Institute faculty and students one step closer to commercialization by transforming promising ideas into innovative products and cutting-edge spinout companies.

In the MMIP program, Ignition Grants of $50,000 are awarded to MIT researchers, and approximately $50,000 to Masdar Institute researchers. These grants are open only to MIT and MI faculty with Principal Investigator (PI) status working jointly.

Selection criteria for MMIP Ignition Grants must align with one of Masdar Institute's strategic research areas (listed below).

  • Sustainable Energy Systems: includes building technology, renewable energy, mapping and assessment, energy generation, transport, and use
  • Water Advanced Technologies and Environmental Research: includes desalination, water technologies, sustainable bioenergy research, and environmental related research activities
  • Microsystems: includes microelectronics and related technologies
  • Smart Systems: includes smart grids, smart materials, sustainable cities, and infrastructure

All applicants must submit a pre-proposal via the online grant submission system.