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November 27, 2020 Friday 11:27:05 AM IST

MISTI Global Seed Funds open for proposals after Covid pivot

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Global partnerships are a fundamental component of research at MIT — even during this time of suspended travel. MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) supports those connections via MISTI Global Seed Funds (GSF). GSF enables participating faculty teams to collaborate with international peers, either at MIT or abroad, to develop and launch joint research projects. MISTI GSF is comprised of a general fund open to any country, as well as numerous country, region, or university-specific funds. This year, there are 26 funds across Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

GSF-funded projects unite teams of faculty and students with international peers, combining their individual strengths to address challenging issues that may have a worldwide impact. Every year, the program gives over $2 million to faculty from every school across the Institute, awarding $20 million to 948 projects since its inception in 2008. Over three-quarters of MIT faculty have submitted at least one MISTI GSF proposal.

Typically, MISTI GSF projects have researchers traveling the globe year-round, with many trips happening during the summer. When Covid-19 spread across the world this spring, it quickly became evident that the GSF projects would be impacted. Consequently, MISTI extended fund availability beyond the typical 20-month window for all current recipients. And while the new GSF cycle typically launches in the spring with a deadline in the fall, MISTI postponed the launch this year to September because of the pandemic. The call for proposals is now open and will close Dec. 14. Applicants will be informed of the results in mid-April 2021.

MISTI GSF projects have had a meaningful impact on the trajectory of faculty research. Many of these collaborations have led to published papers, subsequent grants, and lasting connections between MIT and other leading research institutions. On top of supporting faculty, these funds also provide meaningful educational opportunities for students. The majority of MISTI GSF teams include students from MIT and international collaborators, bolstering both their research portfolios and global experience.

For more information or to apply for MISTI Global Seed Funds, please visit the MISTI website:

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