Nitrogen fixation in the polar ocean. Nanoengineered surfaces and coatings for enhanced water recovery. The impact of foreign chains on China's retail industry. These are just three of the 71 faculty international research projects that received $1,708,290 in funding from the 2011-2012 MISTI Global Seed Funds competition.
MISTI Global Seed Funds was established to enhance the internationalization of MIT research and education. The program is composed of a general pool of funds for projects in any country and several country-specific funds. In the latest grant cycle, MISTI offered significant new funds for collaboration with Belgium, Chile and Germany, as well as $1.7 million in matching funds for projects in Brazil from the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development. This growing initiative received 180 proposals, representing 17 percent of MIT faculty.
Since 2008, the program has received 454 proposals requesting a total of $12.4 million. The program has awarded $3.5 million to 165 projects. In the current round, faculty and research scientists from 24 departments across the Institute submitted proposals for projects in 24 countries. Winning teams use grant funds to cover international travel, meeting and workshop costs. All awardees include undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral student participation. MISTI will provide cultural preparation for participating students before their departure.
MIT's largest international program, MISTI is a pioneer in applied international studies. Each year, the program places some 600 MIT students in professional internships and research positions with its network of leading companies, universities, research institutes and Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world. MISTI currently operates in 14 countries: Brazil, Chile, China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Spain and Russia. The program is a part of the Center for International Studies.
The next MISTI Global Seed Funds call for proposals will be announced in May with a proposal deadline in early fall. More details are available on the MISTI website: http://web.mit.edu/misti/faculty/seed.html