2024-25 Designing for Sustainability Research Program

Call for Applications Now Open

The HPI-MIT Designing for Sustainability Program engages multidisciplinary research teams to develop ambitious, sustainable explorations that leverage design to generate sustainable impact for society across various domains of practice. The program is now accepting applications until June 1, 2024.

Feb 14, 2024

Designing for Sustainability Workshop, October 2023, Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam, Germany.
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In program year two, the MIT Morningside Academy for Design (MAD), Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI), Potsdam, Germany, invite grant proposals for joint research in design, technology, and sustainability.

Two PIs (one from MIT and one from HPI) are expected to submit a proposal for a joint research project. Applications are accepted from collaborative teams led by one PI from MIT and one from HPI. Grants are up to $200,000 per year for one year, with the possibility to apply for an extension.

Approximately 10 awards are expected each year. The Program seeks to engage multidisciplinary research teams with divergent backgrounds in computer science, AI, machine learning, engineering, design, architecture, the natural sciences, the humanities, business and management; proposals are encouraged from all academic units at both MIT and HPI.

March Workshop

On March 21 and 22, MIT is bringing together MIT and HPI principal investigators. As part of the program, this two-day workshop is designed to introduce the groups to one another so that participants can get a sense of potential synergies and alignments in interest.

If you wish to participate to present your current research, aligning with design and sustainability, you may fill this form. Presentations can take place in person at MIT, or remotely.


If you are an HPI or MIT Principal Investigator interested in the “Designing for Sustainability” program, please download and read carefully the document(s) applying to your situation.

2024 Call for Applications / PDF
2024 Project Extension / PDF
2024 Budget Template for PIs / Spreadsheet


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