Progetto Rocca - MIT-Italy

Faculty Collaborations

The Progetto Rocca supports joint projects between MIT and Politecnico faculty through funding for exploratory travel, start up collaborations, doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships and small workshops to discuss research progress. Funding privilege younger scholars and innovative projects that involve two ways student exchanges.

In particular, the Progetto Rocca supports:

  • Exploratory visits by MIT faculty to Politecnico to discuss joint projects. These travel grants ($2,500) are meant to lead to the collaborative initiatives discussed below. To help advertising the Roberto Rocca Project at Politecnico, we ask recipients to make themselves available for a meeting with Politecnico faculty and students to discuss their research at MIT. Interested faculty please submit one page application to Serenella Sferza ( explaining the purpose of the trip and identifying their contacts at the Politecnico. No Deadline.
  • Seed funding for start- up collaborations between MIT and Politecnico faculty. Funding Ėup to $ 15,000max--is meant to help launch new collaborations in their exploratory phase, after which the PIís are expected to apply for outside funding. Deadline: September 21st and rolling afterwards. Apply online.

    For more information about the Global Seed funds, go to
  • Funding for shared post-doctoral students from Politecnico. The Roberto Rocca Post-Doc fellowships support two-year collaborative research projects between MIT and Politecnico faculty who share a post-doctoral student (a Politecnico graduate). This post-doc must spend the first year at MIT and the second at Politecnico. The Fellowship will cover the salary of the MIT stay and round trip travel for a total of $42,500. In order to be eligible, the participating Politecnico P.I. must assure support for the post-doctoral student’s second year stay at Politecnico, as specified by the Roberto Rocca agreement. Proposals must be signed by two Principal Investigators—one from MIT and one from Politecnico. Funding is currently available for two R. Rocca Post-Doc Fellowships per year—only one fellowship per project. Deadlines: October 1st and April 15th.
  • Research stays funds for MIT graduate students or advanced undergraduates to conduct research at Politecnico, and for Politecnico PhD students to come to MIT as visiting students. Priority will be given to students "hosted" by MIT and Politecnico faculty involved in collaborative projects. No deadline. For more details, please go to Rocca Fellowship.

For further information, please contact Dr. Serenella Sferza, 617-452-2693.

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