We are bringing rich technical talent and experience to bear on the persistent and emerging challenges of the developing world.

We seek to push the boundaries of what is possible and find new ways of using sophisticated science and technology to bring the benefits of modernity to resource-constrained communities.

Our strategy is to have a large and sustained impact by translating our ideas and discoveries into affordable products and services, scientifically-informed policy tools, and entrepreneurial ventures. We work closely with on-the-ground collaborators and with community members to design appropriate, practical solutions.

+ At a Glance

  • 60+ affiliated faculty members from across MIT
  • 100+ graduate student Tata Fellows
  • More than 40 projects active projects in India, Nepal, and sub-Saharan Africa

+ Our focus areas

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Improving food security and the livelihood of the agricultural workforce through technology, systems, and knowledge.


Addressing the developing world’s massive disparity in energy demand and availability, from sustainable energy production to isolated power grids.


Confronting India’s primary environmental challenges, including waste management, pollution control, and sanitation.


Developing cost-effective health solutions that can support quality care for large numbers of people with limited resources.


Providing solutions for housing India’s growing urban population while emphasizing safety and affordability.


Analyzing water issues and deploying technology to improve availability, delivery, and cleanliness of water throughout India and the developing world.

About the Tata Trusts

The Tata Center was founded in 2012 with generous support from the Tata Trusts, one of India’s oldest philanthropic organizations. The Trusts have been working to empower the under-served communities of Indian society since 1919, providing financial support to non-profit organizations across the country, while also engaging directly in the areas of natural resource management and rural livelihoods; education; health; media, arts, crafts and culture; and urban poverty and livelihoods.

We are proud to partner with our sister-centre, founded in 2014 at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.