The Professor Amar G. Bose Research Grant Program supports audacious research projects dreamed up by MIT faculty members who take “it can’t be done” as an invitation. We enable and empower the insatiable curiosity that drives innovation.

Recently completed projects

On the Beam

Crafting smaller-scale particle accelerators to better probe the nature of reality

Thanks to the Bose Fellows Program, I’ve had the chance to challenge that truism by exploring the potential of a better accelerator.”

Small Soldiers

Using minicells to target tumors and deliver cancer-fighting drugs

The Bose grant has allowed us to explore how nanotechnology may synergize with the field of synthetic biology in an unusually open-ended way.”

Celluloid for Cellular

Measuring a cell’s intrinsic properties

I view this new research direction as a way to bring optics back into my research portfolio.”

On the Same Wavelength

Enhancing cognition with the brain’s own music

If we’re successful, this research could have a deep and immediate impact on therapies to improve cognitive function.”

Let it Shine

Using coal as a light source—without burning it

We absolutely never would have done this without the Bose Research Grant because it was too risky and it’s hard.”

On the Beam
Janet Conrad, PhD
Small Soldiers
Sangeeta Bhatia, MD, PhD
Celluloid for Cellular
Joel Voldman, PhD
On the Same Wavelength
Earl K. Miller, PhD
Let it Shine
Jeffrey C. Grossman, PhD

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Recently awarded projects

With the support of the Bose Fellows Grant, I believe this paradigm shift will enable transformative opportunities for engineering therapeutic solutions.”

Lemons into Lemonade

Using malarial organisms to deliver therapeutic drugs

Our work will provide an eco-friendly means to remediate waste that will profoundly impact how we treat and recycle waste in the near future.”

Spic and Span

Using guided evolution to produce a yeast-based cleaning agent

Bringing together specialists in nanopatterning and protein assembly to solve the problem of protein positioning represents a radically new approach and the insertion of substantially new expertise.”

Brick by Brick

Creating a whole new class of nano-bio building blocks

Thanks to cell fate reprogramming, lost or damaged cells can be replaced by patient-specific reprogrammed cells.”

Twist of Fate

Reprogramming somatic cells into stem cells

Effort requires patience, vision, grit, and imagination, and can only be pursued in the unique intellectual context made possible by the Bose Research Grant.”

Harnessing Explosions

Pushing the limits of electrochemical energy delivery using high-energy reaction chemistries
Lemons into Lemonade
Jacquin Niles, MD, PhD
Spic and Span
Angela Belcher, PhD
Brick by Brick
Amy Keating, PhD and Karl Berggren, PhD
Twist of Fate
Domitilla Del Vecchio, PhD and Ron Weiss, PhD
Harnessing Explosions
Betar M. Gallant, PhD

A
Lifelong
Passion

For Dr. Bose, tackling research that broke the mold wasn’t a hobby—it was a way of life.