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

Lemons into Lemonade

Using malarial organisms to deliver therapeutic drugs

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

Instrumental Science

What the evolution of string instrument design tells us about acoustics

Innovative research thrives on innovative funding. We are very grateful to the Bose Research Grant for providing the nourishment that will enable our work to continue.”

Magnetic Vision

Putting navigation abilities in pigeons and worms to use

The Bose Grant provides me with the rare opportunity to fulfill my curiosity and contribute my understanding of nanomagnetism to a field that has enjoyed numerous physiological and behavioral studies, and yet has not benefitted from basic mechanistic experiments.”

Power to the Plasma

An innovative assault on traditional batteries

To go beyond existing modeling paradigms, I have long felt that a combined theoretical, computational, and experimental approach is needed, and this is what the Bose Research Grant could enable.”

Rare Earth Electronics

Searching for new building blocks of technology

I was looking for funds to build a piece of instrumentation, but typically, if it’s a big investment at the university level, it has to be a piece of equipment that has clear connections and benefits to a large number of scientists.”

Is Anyone There?

Looking for extraterrestrial life in all the right places

This work is completely outside my mainstream research but I am so convinced of its value I am willing to invest substantial time pursuing it.”

Writ Small

Silicon wafer etching using high-mass molecules

I view the uniqueness of XeF2’s chemistry as a thread dangling from an otherwise neat fabric of ideas about chemical reactivity—a view that does not conventionally include classical mechanical effects, such as deformation.”

Beyond the Bulb

Achieving 100% energy efficiency in LED lighting

My entire adult life, I’ve thought about the problem of 100 percent efficient lighting—but I’ve never had the funding to really devote myself to solving it. Thanks to the Bose Research Grant, I can pursue this lifelong ambition.”

Precious Power

Diamond as a next-generation semiconductor

The concept of the Bose Grants has unique merit. It fuels the type of research that can generate new fundamental knowledge, fundamental technologies, fundamental contributions to society.”

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.”

Lemons into Lemonade
Jacquin Niles
Instrumental Science
Nicholas Makris
Magnetic Vision
Polina Anikeeva
Power to the Plasma
Martin Z. Bazant
Rare Earth Electronics
Joseph Checkelsky
Is Anyone There?
Sara Seager
Writ Small
Sylvia T. Ceyer
Beyond the Bulb
Rajeev Ram
Precious Power
Jesús A. del Alamo
On the Beam
Janet Conrad

Recently awarded projects

love using chemistry to address biological problems. This project gives us the chance to create new molecules that haven’t been made before and see what they can do.”

A Heavy Metal Trojan Horse

Tricking pathogenic bacteria into eating poison

To a theorist, this is all particularly appealing, as it provides a unique perspective on the developments in my field by connecting it to other fields and, of course, because of a possibly far-reaching outcome this collaboration can lead to.”

Quantum Leap

Developing faster processers using electronic fluids and quantum materials

In order to be effective, the solution has to be low-tech from a user’s perspective, but state-of-the-art from a materials perspective. We plan to do just that.”

Functional Textiles for Water Purification

Confronting “humanity’s greatest mass poisoning” with lessons from parasitic disease eradication

Mucus is an unsung hero and cornerstone of our health—if we can make even a small change to its image, we’ll have accomplished something special.”

Controlling Infections

Using Nature’s Strategies

With the Bose grant, I now feel a sense of empowerment. Regardless of the outcome, it has brought the feeling of fearless discovery back to me.”

Breaking Away From Legacy Catalysis

Exploiting electric fields to promote thermochemical reactions

Voting is the foundation of our democracy. We want to help create a stronger system that voters can believe in.”

Algorithmic Democracy

Geometry, computation, and gerrymandering

Plants are more sophisticated than any clean energy technology. Our work is a repositioning and a new prioritization of the plant world and a real epiphany that we need new forms of coexistence and partnerships between plants and people.”

Light-emitting Plants

Transforming living plants into autonomous light sources

Observing deviations from the predictions of the standard model of particle physics would revolutionize our understanding of the universe in terms of its fundamental building blocks and their interaction.”

Beyond Standard Practices

An innovative method for identifying new particles

The fundamental design of aircraft hasn’t changed in over 100 years. This is an exciting investigation into whether the future of flight could look fundamentally different.”

The Future of Flight

Achieving liftoff through electroaerodynamic propulsion

The grand challenge is making this process so cost-effective that the cost of making a sensor and putting it on lettuce or other product would be essentially zero.”

The Time Is Ripe

Ubiquitous radio frequency barcode sensors for food packaging
A Heavy Metal Trojan Horse
Elizabeth N. Nolan
Quantum Leap
Dirk Englund, Nuno Loureiro, Leonid Levitov
Functional Textiles for Water Purification
Julia Ortony
Controlling Infections
Laura Kiessling, Katharina Ribbeck
Breaking Away From Legacy Catalysis
Yuriy Román
Algorithmic Democracy
Justin Solomon
Light-emitting Plants
Michael S. Strano, Sheila Kennedy
Beyond Standard Practices
Or Hen
The Future of Flight
Steven Barrett
The Time Is Ripe
John Hart, Dina Katabi, Tim Swager

A
Lifelong
Passion

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