ESI’s Seed Grant program supports novel faculty research that holds potential for significant impact on pressing problems in climate, environment, and sustainability.

2017 Seed Grants

2017 Research Seed Grants

CLIMATE SCIENCE AND EARTH SYSTEMS

Improved Climate Modeling through Machine-learning and Data-driven Approaches
PIs: Paul O'Gorman (Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences), Elfatih Eltahir (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
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Genetically Engineered Solutions to Environmental Nitrogen Paradoxes
PI: Andrew Babbin (Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences)
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CITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Achieving Water Affordability in America’s Shrinking Cities: Solutions for Financial Sustainability and Social Equity
PIs: Lawrence Susskind and Gabriella Carolini (Urban Studies and Planning)
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Decarbonized Energy Systems for the New Volpe Center                                                                                          PIs: Leslie Norford and Christoph Reinhart (Architecture), David Hsu (Urban Studies and Planning)
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Sustainability of Autonomy-enabled Transportation Systems
PIs: Steven Barrett and Sertac Karaman (Aeronautics and Astronautics)
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SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION

Beneficial Use of Industrial Wastes in the Built Environment
PIs: Elsa Olivetti (Materials Science and Engineering), John Ochsendorf (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
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2015 Seed Grants

ESI's Seed Grant program brings together faculty from all five schools at MIT for transformative research in the environment. A total of 59 teams of faculty, research staff and students responded to the first call for proposals, from which nine winners were announced on March 13, 2015:

2015 Research Seed Grants

CLIMATE SCIENCE AND EARTH SYSTEMS

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Tropical Peatlands: Biogeochemical Processes and Mitigation Strategies
PIs: Charles Harvey, Benjamin Kocar and Martin Polz (Civil & Environmental Engineering), Shuhei Ono and Roger Summons (Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences)
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Opportunities for Mitigating CH4 and other Non-CO2 energy-technology-related GHG Emissions
PIs: Jessika Trancik (Engineering Systems Division), Francis O’Sullivan (MIT Energy Initiative)
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Developing Solutions for Human and Environmental Health Risks Created by Exponentially Increasing Exposures to Lanthanide Metals
PIs: John Essigmann (Biological Engineering and Chemistry), Bevin Engelward (Biological Engineering), Harold Hemond (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
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CITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Fostering Sustainable Consumption in U.S. Cities
PI: Eran Ben-Joseph (Urban Studies & Planning)
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Improved Management of Common Pool Resources
PIs: Dennis McLaughlin (Civil & Environmental Engineering), Parag Pathak (Economics)
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Clearer Skies in Beijing: Collecting and Interpreting Relevant Spatio-temporal Data for Air Quality Assessment
PIs: Marta Gonzalez (Civil & Environmental Engineering) and Jinhua Zhao (Urban Studies & Planning)
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SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION

Will New Limits on Coal use in China Reduce Toxic Air Pollutants across Asia?
PIs: Valerie Karplus (Sloan) and Noelle Selin (Engineering Systems Division and Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences)
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Metals and Minerals for the Environment
PIs: Antoine Allanore (Materials Science & Engineering), T. Alan Hatton (Chemical Engineering)
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Digging Deep: An Integrated Approach for Assessing the Impacts of Deep-sea Mining
PIs: Thomas Peacock and Pierre Lermusiaux (Mechanical Engineering), Glenn Flierl (Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences)
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