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Faculty Seed Fund

STL Lab will announce every February the request for proposals for its research/think tank program and welcome submissions from across MIT. Proposals should focus on innovative, cross-disciplinary research relevant to socially responsible real estate development and entrepreneurship. The STL Lab expects to fund a number of projects at two levels: seed grants between $20,000 and $50,000, and larger or two-year projects up to $150,000. 

Related News & Events

On November 3 and 4, 2016, Manduhai Buyandelgar, associate professor in MIT Anthropology and 2016 STL Lab Faculty Seed Fund recipient, participated in a Humboldt Foundation Workshop in Berlin titled Religion and the City: Inter-Religious Exchanges in Urban Environments. More than forty scholars from around the world questioned the largely established idea that religion tends to retreat from public life in urban areas.

On September 1, 2016, Lily Tsai (Associate Professor, MIT) and Xiaobo Lü (Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin) presented their experimental study on the attitudes toward property tax compliance in China at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) in Philadelphia, PA. Their research was funded by the 2015 STL Faculty Seed Fund.

The research team for the project “Ghost Cities: Beyond the Image”—Prof. Sarah Williams (PI), Wenfei Xu (project manager), and Zhekun Xiong (MCP candidate)—conducted a four-city, nine-day field study and research trip to China funded by the Samuel Tak Lee Faculty Research Seed Fund. During the trip, the team went on site visits and interviewed key academics, planners, and real estate developers in Beijing, Tianjin, Shenyang, and Shanghai.

Developing the Littoral Gradient research team Fadi Masoud (PI), Brent Ryan (PI), and Colleen Xi Qiu (PhD Candidate) conducted a 4-city, 8-day field study and research trip to China funded by the Sam Tak Lee Faculty Seed Fund. While on the trip, the team met with key research affiliates, academics, planners, and developers in Beijing, Tianjin, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong.

MIT News

The Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab (STL Lab), in conjunction with the Center for Real Estate (CRE) and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), has announced its second round of faculty research grants, awarding $1.1 million to nine MIT researchers and their teams.

 

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the Samuel Tak Lee Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab (STL Lab) Faculty Seed Fund interim reporting seminar was hosted in the Stella Room at MIT. This two-hour meeting brought together 12 researchers and their teams to present the projects they have been diligently working on for the last year, since the first year of grants were announced in September 2015. Mr. Phil Hardie and Mr. Ron Gray, members of the STL Lab’s Advisory Board, were also in attendance. 

Each Principle Investigator (PI) had six minutes to present their research methodology and findings, followed by three minutes of question and answer with other attendees. Although one-year projects are nearing their final stages, others are only halfway through the two-year funding cycle.  Overall, it was a very successful meeting and a celebration of researcher’s accomplishments.  Further, it provided an opportunity to build the STL Lab’s interdisciplinary academic community, engage with future collaborators, and build knowledge about social responsibility in real estate, planning, and development.

MIT News

The Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab (STL Lab), in conjunction with the Center for Real Estate (CRE) and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), has announced its first round of faculty research grants, awarding $1.5 million to 13 MIT researchers and their teams.