MISTI Global Seed Funds for Joint Research Projects: 2015-16 Call for Proposals

Deadline: 21 September 2015

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The MIT Intrenational Science and technology Initiatives (MISTI) Global Seed Funds program promotes and supports early-stage collaborations between MIT researchers and their counterparts around the globe. Many of the joint projects it funds lead to additional grant awards and the development of valuable long-term relationships between international researchers and MIT faculty and students.

The MISTI Global Seed Funds (GSF) enable MIT faculty to collaborate with international peers, either at MIT or abroad, with the aim of developing and launching joint research projects. MISTI GSF comprises a general fund for projects in any country and several country funds with their own requirements. Funding may be used to cover travel, meeting, and workshop costs to facilitate international projects and collaboration.

 In 2014, MISTI received 205 requests for funding, and 97 projects were awarded a total of $2.1 million. Over $2 million is available in the current grant cycle.

Focus Countries

This year’s the MISTI GSF include funds for projects in Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Peru.


Awards may cover up to 75% of the US Department of State maximum per diem rate for the proposed travel abroad plus a reasonable estimate of the economy-class airfare. For instance, if the maximum per diem rate for Paris is $454, applicant may request up to $340 per day for a trip to Paris, plus economy-class airfare. For travel to MIT, applicants are eligible for up to $250 per day in expenses, plus economy-class airfare.

Eligibility Criteria

  • GSF is open to all MIT faculty members and research staff with principal investigator privileges (principal research scientists and senior research scientists).
  • Proposals must be submitted jointly with a foreign colleague working in a university or research institute. Participants working in companies are not eligible to apply.

Selection criteria

For all funds, priority will be given to projects that:

  • are likely to make an important contribution to the field
  • are new or are entering a new phase
  • include a balanced exchange between participating teams
  • demonstrate complementarity between participating teams
  • involve undergraduate and/or graduate students in a meaningful way
  • are likely to be sustainable beyond the grant period

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their applications through online portal on the website.

For more information, please visit MISTI Call for applications.