Faculty > Seed Funds
Frequently asked questions
1. What can funding be used for?
Funding may be used to cover travel, meeting and workshop costs to facilitate international projects and collaboration. Funds may not be used to cover salaries or materials.
Funds are not intended to be used for long term (over two months) stays abroad or at MIT. Funds may not be used to cover MIT Visiting Student fees. (An exception: funds may be used to cover the MIT Visiting Student fees for the MIT-Italy Seed Funds.)
2. Should I include overhead in my budget?
Applicants for country and university- specific funds should include 10% for MIT overhead in their grant requests. Applicants for the MISTI General Seed fund do not need to include this in the budget as this fund does not incur this expense.
3. What if I want to include figures or images in my proposal?
You can upload figures and images as PDFs to the application. This area is for figures and imagines, any uploads of text only PDFs will not be taken into consideration as part of your proposal.
4. Does transportation need to be by US air carrier and is business class service allowable?
No, it needn't be a US carrier, and only economy-class will be covered.
6. Can a visiting professor apply for a Seed Fund?
In order to apply for a seed fund, the MIT applicant must have Principal Investigator privileges. If the visiting professor is international he/she may apply as the international collaborator working with an MIT faculty member.
9. Can Emeritus faculty apply for a MISTI Seed Fund?
Yes, Emeritus faculty can serve as PI.
10. Does the international collaborator need to have a current faculty position?
The international collaborator does not need to have a faculty position, but does need to have an affiliation with a school or research center.