The MIT-Israel Zuckerman STEM Fund


The MIT-Israel Seed Fund Selection Board received 15 proposals for the MIT-Zuckerman STEM Fund for 2019-2020. Six proposals were accepted. This strategic partnership enhances collaboration and deepens relations between Israel and the US—the core vision of the Zuckerman Institute.

A Bone Microstructure Approach to Studying Animal Domestication in the Levant

Christine Ortiz and Max Price of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the School of Science at MIT will collaborate with Filipe Natalio of the Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Artificial Proteins for Energy Transport Devices

Gabriela Schlau-Cohen of the Department of Chemistry in the School of Science at MIT will collaborate with Nadav Amdursky of the Faculty of Chemistry at the Technion-Israel institute of Technology.

Elucidating the Neural Mechanisms of Expectancy-Based Effects in Psychotherapy

John Gabrieli of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences in the School of Science at MIT will collaborate with Sigal Mano-Zilcha of the Department of Psychology at the University of Haifa.

The Quest for Dark Matter Interactions

Jesse Thaler of the Department of Physics in the School of Science at MIT will collaborate with Tomer Volansky of the Particle Physics Department at Tel Aviv University.

Transient Strongly Nonlinear Dynamics: Opportunities and Challenges

Themistoklis Sapsis of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering at MIT will collaborate with Oleg Gendelman of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Ultrasound-Induced Immunotherapeutic Nanomedicine Delivery to Brain Tumours Under MRI Guidance

Natalie Artzi of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science in the School of Engineering at MIT will collaborate with Haim Azhari of the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.


Applying to the MIT-Israel Zuckerman STEM Fund

The MIT-Israel Zuckerman STEM Fund supports new collaborations between faculty and research scientists at MIT and their counterparts in Israel.

The new fund is open to MIT faculty from all disciplines to collaborate with Israeli faculty at one of the following institutions: Bar-Ilan University; Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Technion–Israel Institute of Technology; Tel Aviv University; University of Haifa; and the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Through an annual call for proposals, the fund primarily supports travel costs for exchange between a team at MIT, including one MIT PhD student, and colleagues in universities in Israel.

The maximum award is $30,000.

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

Call for proposals will open in May 2020.

Application deadline – September 2020.


From the Launch

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“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
Associate Provost for International Activities;
Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering



“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
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
Trustee, Zuckerman Institute

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