How to Apply

MIT researchers who are ready to apply for a Deshpande Center grant should follow the steps outlined below.  Click here to learn more about the two types of Deshpande Center grants.

  • All applicants must submit a pre-proposal, which will be reviewed by the Selection Committee.
  • 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