The MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) Global Seed Funds (GSF) grant program promotes and supports early-stage collaborations between MIT researchers and their counterparts around the globe. Many of the joint projects MISTI funds lead to publications, additional grant awards, and the development of valuable long-term relationships between international researchers and MIT faculty and students.
GSF grants enable participating teams to spend time together, either at MIT or abroad, with the aim of developing and launching joint research projects. MIT faculty are encouraged to include MIT undergraduate and graduate students in their projects as participating members of the collaborating team.
Projects that match the requirements of a country fund must apply to that fund; all others should apply to the general fund. All funds adhere to the general GSF guidelines. MISTI GSF comprises a general fund for projects in any country and several country funds with their own requirements.
Since 2008, MISTI has awarded over $13 million to MIT faculty. In 2016, MISTI received 241 requests for funding, and 84 projects were awarded a total of over $1.7 million. Over $2 million is available in the current grant cycle. To read more about GSF projects, visit the MISTI site.
In the 2017-18 cycle, MISTI is introducing its first fund in Colombia. Other country fund locations include Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
MISTI, a part of the Center for International Studies, is a program at the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.