Nearly a third of 13 new projects recently funded by the MIT Energy
Initiative (MITEI) are being led by faculty in the School of
Architecture + Planning.
Established as a top priority by President
Susan Hockfield in September 2006, MITEI is an Institute-wide
initiative designed to help transform the global energy system to meet
the needs of the future, and to help build a bridge to that future by
improving today's energy systems.
To date, MITEI's seed fund program
has supported more than 50 early stage research proposals plus ignition
and planning grants, including previous grants to SA+P professors
Marilyne Andersen, John Fernandez, Michael Flaxman, Judith Layzer and
Les Norford. Of the four new projects at SA+P, two have received seed
grants — funding that lasts from one to two years — and two have been
awarded shorter-term ‘planning grants’.