MIT-Brazil Seed Fund*
- For collaboration with universities and research laboratories in Brazil;
- Brazilian colleague(s) must be identified in the proposal;
- Priority given to projects that propose a balanced exchange between MIT and Brazil and demonstrate complementarity between the two teams;
- Maximum award (with joint funding): $30,000*
In addition to the general MIT-Brazil Seed Fund, which is open to projects involving any university or research laboratory anywhere in Brazil, additional funds are available for projects through partnerships with FAPESP, FACEPE and CNPq. In past years, approval rates for proposals through these partnerships have been much higher than for proposals to MIT-Brazil alone.
- MIT-Brazil-FAPESP joint funding: Projects involving collaboration with Brazilian researchers in the state of São Paulo.
- MIT-Brazil-FACEPE joint funding: Projects involving collaboration with Brazilian researchers in the state of Pernambuco.
- MIT-Brazil-CNPq joint funding: Projects involving collaboration with Brazilian researchers throughout Brazil who are eligible for CNPq funding.
Please visit these partner institutions’ websites (above) for more information. The same budget must be submitted to both partners. Proposals to CNPq may also include, beyond the $30,000 maximum for travel and visits, requests for visiting pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows, as well as a full four year doctoral fellowship.
*Please note on the MISTI GSF application if your Brazilian colleague is applying to joint funding with any of the above institutions. If so, you must send MISTI a copy of the partner institution’s application form (project and complete budget) when you submit your MISTI GSF application. Any and all funding requested from the above partner institutions associated with the project should be specified in the application.
MIT-Brazil Seed Funds enable MIT faculty and researchers to launch early-stage projects and collaboration with colleagues in Brazil. Applicants are encouraged to involve MIT undergraduate and graduate students in their projects.
MIT-Brazil Seed Funds 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 at MIT, or if you are a Brazilian researcher with the Brazilian agency you are applying for.
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 Brazil-specific training through MIT-Brazil. MIT undergraduate and graduate students wishing to intern or conduct research abroad are encouraged to apply for the MIT-Brazil 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.
- 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: CNPq funding 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, Brazilian applicants should refer to their funding agencies. 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 is available. 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."
Review and selection process at MIT
- 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 the MIT-Brazil 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.