Technology to Improve Ability Grants
In collaboration with the MIT Alana program, the Deshpande Center introduces a new grant program: Technology to Improve Ability (TTIA)
The mission of the TTIA program is to commercialize technology that will improve the quality of life for people with Down Syndrome and other disabilities. The Deshpande Center will assist MIT faculty and students in commercializing their technologies, taking promising ideas and innovations and turning them into products and services. While the focus is to help people with Down Syndrome, the innovations are also likely to aid a much broader population. For a description of the areas in need of solutions, download the Overview document on the right.
Grants will typically be for $50,000 for one year, and may be renewed. Grants for more than $50,000 will require addional justification. Proposals can be submitted at any time, and funding decisions will be made within one month of submission. There are no submission deadlines, or pre-determined project start dates.
We recommend that you talk with people who understand the needs of the Down Syndrome community before submitting your proposal. The staff at the Deshpande Center and the MIT Alana program can assist you. Go to the right side of this page to get started.
This program is made possible by the generous support of the Alana Foundation.