MISTI Global Seed Funds
MISTI Global Seed Funds enable MIT faculty and researchers to launch early-stage international projects and collaboration with colleagues abroad. Applicants are encouraged to involve MIT undergraduate and graduate students in their projects.
MISTI GSF includes a general fund for projects in any country and several country funds with their own requirements (details).
MISTI GSF is open to all MIT faculty and members of the research staff with principal investigator privileges (principal research scientists and senior research scientists). If you have questions about your PI status, speak with your department.
MIT students and postdocs are encouraged to participate in projects but may not apply directly for funding. MIT students participating in projects will be expected to attend country-specific training through MISTI. MIT undergraduate and graduate students wishing to intern or conduct research abroad are encouraged to apply for the MISTI internship program or MISTI-IROP partnership (undergraduates only).
- 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 stays (over two months) abroad or at MIT.* However, MISTI may be able to send MIT undergraduate and graduate students to work on faculty led projects abroad through our internship program or MISTI-IROP partnership (undergraduates only). Contact us to learn more.
- Funds may not be used to cover MIT Visiting Student fees.*
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.
- Maximum award amounts vary depending on the fund (details).
- Funds will be made available to the faculty member and must be administered by that department.
*An exception: MIT-Italy Seed Funds may be used to cover long-term stays at MIT and the MIT Visiting Student fees.
Travel expense guidelines
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, you may request up to $340 per day for a trip to Paris, plus airfare. For travel to MIT, applicants are eligible for up to $250 per day in expenses, plus economy-class airfare. If you have any questions about these guidelines, please contact us.
Application process and deadline
Please complete the online application and submit online. If you wish to include images or figures, upload them to the online application before submission. The 2013-2014 application will be available on this site by the end of May 2013.
Funds for the 2013-14 grant cycle will be available for use starting in mid-January 2014 through August 2015. Grantees will be asked to submit a short financial and activity report at the end of the grant period.
Patentable ideas, copyrightable software, or any confidential information, disclosure of which may harm the proposer, should not generally be included in proposals. If such information is necessary to convey an understanding of the proposed project it must be clearly marked in the proposal and appropriately labeled with a legend such as,
"The following is proprietary or confidential information that (name of PI) requests to be released only to the (scientific committee and selection board) for the sole purpose of review and evaluation."
- Projects will first be evaluated by MIT faculty knowledgeable about the field within which the proposal falls. These evaluators will review a proposal taking into consideration the importance of the scientific problem or project and its potential contribution to the field.
- The finalists will then be identified by a selection board composed of MIT faculty from each of MIT's Schools. The selection board will review proposals based on the requirements and priorities of the specific fund (details). In addition, for all funds, priority will be given to:
- new projects or projects that are entering a new phase
- projects that involve students
- projects that are likely to be sustainable beyond the grant period.
Committee members include:
> Suzanne Berger, Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck
Professor of Political Science
> Eric Grimson, Chancellor
> Philip Khoury, Associate Provost
> Chappell Lawson, Associate Professor of Political
Science; Director, MISTI