Bringing world-class research to bear on global challenges

Become a Center Member by Supporting Our Research & Education Mission

  • Year-round member-only access to our rapidly growing technology portfolio through our project dashboard
  • Access to a streamlined process for supporting follow-on research with licensing and technology transfer opportunities
  • Participation in high-profile semi-annual Fall + Winter Symposia at MIT + abroad
  • Participation in our project mentoring programs, working closely with students and faculty
  • Sponsored graduate fellow identified by member name
  • Public recognition as a member on our website

World-class Research

The MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design is home to an extensive faculty-led multidisciplinary research program focused on the challenges of the developing world.

We connect faculty and graduate students to communities in developing countries in East and South Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Central and South America – facilitating deep regional engagement through an extensive network of NGOs, academics, government agencies, community leaders, and firms.

A Proven Approach

Our explicit aim is to create innovations that can be translated into compelling products and services that help people at a global scale.

In the six years since launching the Center, we have developed dozens of patented and unpatented technologies, helped launch award-winning start-ups, and collaborated with established firms, governments, and NGOs to bring our ideas to scale in fields ranging from health to agriculture, energy and the environment, water to housing.

How the Center Works

All of our projects are selected by an MIT faculty committee and supervised by a faculty member.
Graduate students from across the Institute are assigned to the projects for two or more years, working at MIT with frequent visits abroad to conduct market and field research.

They receive extensive additional training from Center staff in entrepreneurship and techno-economic analysis with an emphasis on the distinctive needs and characteristics of developing countries.

Students also benefit from frequent contact with Center Members and regional partners through a variety of formal and informal mentoring processes, and participation in our semi-annual Symposia and other partner gatherings.