MIT J-WAFS Solutions Grants

In collaboration with MIT J-WAFS, the MIT Deshpande Center manages the J-WAFS Solutions program to help MIT faculty and students commercialize breakthrough technologies and inventions by transforming promising ideas at MIT into innovative products and cutting-edge spinout companies.  J-WAFS expects to sponsor up to nine projects that support the transition of sustainable technologies from MIT labs to market during the remaining years of this sponsored-research contract. 

J-WAFS catalyzes MIT research, innovation, and technology for ensuring safe and resilient supplies of water and food while reducing environmental impact, to meet the local and global needs of a rapidly expanding and evolving population on a changing planet. The J-WAFS Solutions program is sponsored by Community Jameel, which is represented on the governing committee of the program.  J-WAFS Solutions aims to move water and food technologies from labs at MIT into the commercial world, where they will improve the productivity, accessibility, and sustainability of the world's water and food systems.

To be eligible for the 2021 J-WAFS Solutions grant cycle, projects should be aligned with the J-WAFS mission and/or adjacent themes in energy, AI, plant health (food crops) and animal health (livestock).  Research should be aimed at conceptualizing and developing products and services that will have a significant impact on water,  food, or energy sustainability and security, with related economic and societal benefits.  Special consideration will be given to projects that also incorporate artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Project examples are:
  • AI / machine learning (ML) in agritech
  • Energy-efficient irrigation
  • Battery/energy storage for solar-powered desalination
  • AI / ML detection of food- and water-borne pathogens
  • AI / ML discovery of veterinary medicines (particularly where relevant to securing food systems)

Concepts proposed for J-WAFS Solutions grants should already have completed basic research.  Applicants should be interested in commercializing the technology and the technology should be 1-3 years from commercialization.

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