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Israel Seed Funds - The MIT-Israel – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Seed Fund

Grants to Massachusetts and Israel University
Faculty for Collaborative Scientific Research

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI)

Deadline Date:

09/16/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Massachusetts and Israel faculty members or staff at designated universities for joint scientific research projects. Funding is intended to assist with travel costs to fund the exchange between the two teams of researchers. The fund is open to faculty from all disciplines at MIT to collaborate with Israeli faculty at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Priority will be given to projects that:
- Propose a balanced exchange between the MIT and Israeli participants
- Demonstrate complementarity between the MIT and Israeli teams
- Include MIT PhD students

For all funds, priority will be given to projects that:
- Are likely to make an important contribution to the field
- Are new or are entering a new phase
- Involve undergraduate and/or graduate students in a meaningful way
- Are likely to be sustainable beyond the grant period

Funding may be used to cover travel and meeting costs to facilitate international projects and collaboration.

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 information about the per diem rate, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186307

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applications for up to $15,000 are recommended; maximum award is $30,000

Term of Contract:

Funds will be available for use from January 2020 through August 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

GSF is open to all MIT faculty members and research staff with principal investigator privileges (principal research scientists and senior research scientists). If you have questions about your PI status, please consult your department. Proposals must be submitted jointly with a foreign colleague working in a university or research institute. Participants working in companies are not eligible to apply.

Use of Funds:
- 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. Contact the Fund to learn more.
- Funds may not be used to cover MIT Visiting Student fees.
- Funds are not intended to be used to fund graduate students’ dissertation field work.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2019-20 GSF call for proposals is now open. The application deadline is September 16, 2019.

Proposals must be submitted jointly with a foreign colleague working in a university or research institute.

Funds will be made available to the MIT applicant and must be administered by his or her department.

Travel to high risks locations:
Faculty traveling abroad need to be in touch with MISTI managers about travel guidelines for themselves and their students. MIT strongly urges ALL MIT travelers to fully understand the risks and to not travel to Extreme and High Travel Warning countries or regions. This includes places where MIT’s Travel Insurance coverage is unavailable.

MIT students are not permitted to travel to high-risk countries or regions unless a travel risk policy waiver is granted (MIT Student High Risk Policy Waiver Application). Please review this list of countries and regions and take into consideration when preparing proposals. MIT faculty must sign the Travel Risk Acknowledgement Form for Faculty and Staff prior to traveling to high-risk countries or regions. A copy of the form should be submitted to the DLC department head and the Program Manager for International Safety and Security

MISTI Global Seed Funds Guidelines:



Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

At BGU, contact the Office of International Academic Affairs:

At MIT, you may contact David Dolev:
(617) 324 5581

1 Amherst St, E40-Floor 4
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts