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.
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