Fall 2017 Newsletter

Twenty-two research teams receive $1,443.000 to develop new technological innovations through Deshpande Center and J-WAFS 2017 research grants

The MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation announced the award of $768,000 in grants to 17 MIT research teams currently working on early-stage technologies. The Deshpande Center also manages the J-WAFS Solutions program for the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab, which awarded $675,000 in project funding to five teams. This year’s projects span a wide range of areas, including drug delivery, energy, 3-D printing, medical device, displays, and data communications.

The Deshpande Center was established in 2002 through a gift from Desh and Jaishree Deshpande. Since its inception, the center has provided over $17,000,000 in grants to more than 143 MIT research projects. It serves as a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship by supporting leading-edge research and bridging the gap between the laboratory and marketplace. Thirty-four projects have spun out of the center as independent startups, having collectively raised over $700 million in outside financing.

Funded through a research partnership with Community Jameel (the social enterprise arm of Abdul Latif Jameel Enterprises) and administered in partnership with the MIT Deshpande Center, the J-WAFS Solutions program aims to help MIT faculty and students commercialize breakthrough technologies and inventions by transforming ideas into products and spinoff companies that have a transformational effect on water and food systems worldwide. The program supports projects that bring tangible economic and societal benefits to the communities where they are deployed.

“Projects funded by the Deshpande Center and J-WAFS have enormous potential to make an impact on our quality of life,” says Anantha Chandrakasan, dean of the School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. “The support these programs give to move basic research to commercially viable technologies is critically important to the impact these ideas will have in the world.”

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