The MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium has awarded 20 projects $5 million over two years in its first-ever 2022 MCSC Seed Awards program. 

The overall goal of the MCSC Seed Awards is to engage MIT researchers and connect the economy-wide work of the consortium to ongoing and emerging climate and sustainability efforts across campus. 

"The MCSC Seed Awards are designed to complement actions previously outlined in Fast Forward: MIT’s Climate Action Plan for the decade, and, more specifically, the Climate Grand Challenges. In collaboration with seed award recipients and MCSC industry members, we are eager to engage in interdisciplinary exploration and propel urgent advancements in climate and sustainability," says Anantha P. Chandrakasan, dean of the MIT School of Engineering and chair of the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium. 

Supporting MIT researchers with expertise in economics, infrastructure, mobility, community risk assessment, and alternative fuels will allow MCSC to accelerate the implementation of cross-disciplinary solutions in the awards category Decarbonized and Resilient Value Chains. 

Additionally, enhancing Natural Carbon Sinks and building connections to local communities will help advance experts in ecosystem change, biodiversity, improved agricultural practice, and engagement with farmers, all of which the consortium will foster through the seed awards.