Seed Funding for New Faculty and Initiatives
We encourage new faculty and MIT organizations to pursue materials research by providing seed funding for materials, lab equipment, and other expenses, for the development and marketing of significant new research initiatives. Proposals will be accepted from single investigators or teams doing materials research. Proposals can be submitted at any time and will be reviewed by the MRL's internal operating committee. While junior faculty are given preference, proposals from senior faculty are welcomed.
The intent of this initiative is to support the growth of the materials community at MIT by providing faculty with flexible working capital and marketing resources. The objective is to leverage these limited funds into substantial federal or industrial support, and to this end the MRL backs its seed funds with its directed outreach access to the industrial sector and federal funding sources.
The MRL works with faculty and members of our Industry Collegium to identify research that would benefit from industrial sponsorship. We act as a liason between you and your sponsor, working out issues such as intellectual property and contract negotiation. We also support your development of marketing brochures and video.