Since the program began three years ago 17 proposals were accepted. Despite the pandemic, this strategic partnership has flourished and continues to enhance collaboration and deepen relations between Israel and the US — the core vision of the Zuckerman Institute.
MISTI Global Seed Funds promote collaborations between MIT faculty members and their counterparts abroad. Proposals should be submitted via the MISTI Global Seed Fund online application portal. Many of the joint projects we fund 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 projects. MIT faculty are encouraged to include MIT undergraduate and graduate students in their projects as participating members of the collaborating team. Most funds provide a maximum of $30,000.00.
“Israel and its academic institutions are key partners for us in solving some of today’s biggest global challenges. We are happy to take this first concrete step in MIT-Zuckerman Institute collaborations. The launch of the MIT-Israel Zuckerman STEM Fund will help us strengthen our collaborations with Israel: it will enable our faculty to work with Israeli faculty and it will offer our students, especially graduate students, the opportunity to learn first-hand about the startup nation and its academic institutions and research.”
– Richard K. Lester I Associate Provost for International Activities; Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT
“In an effort to strengthen the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program, we have chosen to support MIT, a leading U.S. STEM university, to accelerate the cycle of academic exchange with Israeli universities. Providing opportunities to share innovative ideas and collaborate on ground-breaking projects between academic institutions in the U.S. and Israel is the essence of the Zuckerman Institute.”
– Eric J. Gertler I Trustee, Zuckerman Institute
“MIT was founded to accelerate the nation’s industrial revolution, making it profoundly American. But at the same time, its mission statement notes that “MIT is profoundly global…a magnet for talent from around the world.” So MIT and particularly, MISTI, MIT’s pioneering international education program, are a great match for the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program. We are happy that you have chosen to walk side-by-side with us in our joint commitment to make a better world.”
– James S. Gertler I Trustee, Zuckerman Institute
2022-2023 Call for Proposals will be announced soon.