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Israel Seed Funds - The MIT-Israel Lockheed Martin 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 (EDT)


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Grants to Massachusetts and Israel faculty members or staff at designated universities for joint research projects in science and technology. Funding is intended to assist with travel costs to fund the exchange between the two teams of researchers. The fund promotes the exchange between faculty and students at MIT and at universities and public research institutions in Israel. Funding may be used to cover transportation and meeting costs to facilitate international projects and collaboration.

Proposals will fit within Lockheed Martin’s Global Strategy to promote international, collaborative research focused on but not limited to:
- Autonomy and Robotics
- Sensor Technology and Exploitation
- Signal Processing and Communications
- Data Analytics
- Materials and Manufacturing
- Advanced Electronics
- Human Systems Training
- Energy and Power
- Cyber Security

This year, special priority will be given to proposals that fit within Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Manufacturing priorities to identify emerging innovative technologies around but not limited to:
- Manufacturing Process Control
- Modeling of Materials and Processes
- Novel materials for extreme environments
- Automation of the Factory of the Future

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
- Include a balanced exchange between participating teams
- Demonstrate complementarity between participating teams
- Involve undergraduate and/or graduate students in a meaningful way
- Are likely to be sustainable beyond the grant period

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#: 186308

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

Advanced Manufacturing:

Guidelines and Eligibility:



Contact Information:

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

Online application:

David Dolev, Assistant Director
(617) 324 5581

For any other questions, please email:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts