Connecting India’s emerging
communities to MIT
The Tata Center for Technology and Design focuses on the needs of resource-constrained communities in India, taking into account environmental, social, and political factors. A core principle is to be relevant to global societal challenges and needs. We link MIT to India and other parts of the developing world. Our goal is to train future generations of engineers and business leaders to build and apply this important new discipline. Ultimately, we hope to influence engineering and management education across the globe to more effectively invent and deploy technologies and systems solutions serving human needs.
Project Fund Program
Call for Proposals
The Center’s Project Fund Program supports technology, development, design and implementation projects aimed at innovative products and systems for the developing world. The Fund is closely integrated with the Tata Center’s graduate education program, which provides full graduate student support complemented by discretionary project, travel and equipment funds for faculty advisors.
The Center seeks proposals from researchers from across MIT who will join a multidisciplinary core faculty team developing a project and classroom-based curriculum appropriate to technology development, design and implementation for the developing world – with a particular focus on India. The Program will support between 40 and 50 graduate students at any time.
While the call will be open to proposals in any area of technology, we particularly encourage those relating to energy, water, health care, agriculture and food processing, and the built environment.Learn about the Project Fund Program and begin your application
Our focus areas
Tata Center projects span seven overlapping thematic areas. Projects range widely within each area, reflecting the diversity of opportunities for impact and the strengths of Tata students and faculty.
Irrigation, water pumping and conservation, efficient use of chemicals, farm machinery, food processing, biofuels, crop drying, and storage.
Small-scale biodiesel production, waste to solid and liquid fuels, waste to energy, compact concentrated solar power, disposable solar cells, low-cost rechargeable batteries, solar cookers, solar fuels, and isolated power grids.
Job creation, start-up engines, rural unemployment, education initiatives, innovation methodologies, fabrication, artisans, creative industry, market linkages, information and communication technology, bespoke manufacturing.
Industrial waste management, water contamination, pollution control, scalable results, system flow, wastewater treatment, recovering industrial byproducts, securing valuable resources, economic stability.
Prosthetics, wheelchairs, wound therapy, vision testing, optical diagnostic instruments, cardiac monitors, drug administration devices, surgical instruments, and incubators.
Building materials, manufactured housing, community infrastructure, integrated services, natural ventilation and heating.
Point of use services, industrial pollution mitigation, purification, testing, desalination, municipal distribution, conservation, and runoff management.