How to Apply

MIT researchers who are ready to apply for a Deshpande Center grant should follow the steps outlined below. Key deadlines, forms and informational documents can be accessed to the right. Click here to learn about the two types of Deshpande Center grants.

  • All applicants must submit a pre-proposal, which will be reviewed by the Selection Committee.
  • Proposals should not be entered into KC before grantees are notified of awards. Once grants are awarded, information will need to be routed to OSP (Office of Sponsored Programs) through KC before final approval. The Deshpande Center will contact grant recipients when this process should be initiated.
  • The committee will choose the most compelling projects and invite those investigators to submit a full grant proposal. (Written feedback will be provided on all pre-proposals, including those that are not selected.)
  • Researchers continuing the grant application process will be assigned a Deshpande Center Catalyst/mentor. The Catalyst will assist them in developing their submission package, which must include a full grant proposal and a budget. Applicants are also required to make a brief presentation to the Selection Committee.
  • Applicants will be notified of grant awards approximately 8 to 10 weeks after the submission deadline.

Grants are open only to MIT faculty and students; grant applications must be submitted by MIT employees with Principal Investigator (PI) status.  Through Masdar Institute, grants are also available for joint projects between MIT and Masdar.

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