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Research

The Center for Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE) at MIT funds three different levels of research:

Highlights of IRG research are reported on an on-going basis to the NSF MRSEC program.

Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs)

IRGs are composed of MIT faculty who, with their students and postdoctoral associates, investigate fundamental scientific questions and pathways to reach significant technological goals that can only be properly explored in a collaborative, multidisciplinary mode. These problems are too large in scope to be addressed by individual faculty members and their students. The research goals and accomplishments are reviewed regularly so that appropriate adjustments can be made to insure the quality of the Center's research effort.

Initiative Projects

The purpose of Initiative funding is to incubate and develop a nascent interdisciplinary group that has the potential to become a future IRG. Typically, an initiative comprises three or four faculty members sharing a common vision for a newly emerging area of research.

CMSE is not conducting Initiative research at this time.

Seed Projects

The primary goal of seed funding is to support research that has the potential to redefine the direction of an existing IRG or to lead to the creation of a completely new IRG. The fresh direction may be motivated by a newly appreciated opportunity for scientific discovery or by a specific issue of technological relevance. Strong preference is given to junior and new faculty members to draw them into collaborative interdisciplinary research.

The following is a list of current Seed Projects that were our recent competition winners. Details of these projects coming shortly.

IRG-I
IRG-II
IRG-III
Initiative-I
Initiative-II
Seed-I
Seed-II
Seed-III
Seed-IV
Superseed
Seed I 2017
Seed II 2017
Seed III 2017
Seed IV 2017
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