The MIT Tata Center for Technology + Design supports innovation and entrepreneurship to address the challenges of communities in the developing world.

With 50 affiliated MIT faculty members and more than 60 graduate student Fellows, we take MIT’s world-class research out of the lab, building collaborations with communities, organizations, and government to develop and deploy appropriate, sustainable solutions in response to pressing needs.

More than 40 projects are active in India, Nepal, and sub-Saharan Africa.

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+ Our focus areas


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.