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Israel Seed Funds

Grants to Massachusetts and Israel University
Faculty for Collaborative Scientific Research

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Foundation / Corporation

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

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Grants of up to $30,000 to Massachusetts and Israel faculty members or staff at designated universities for research projects. Funding is intended to assist with travel costs to fund the exchange between the two counterparts. Applications must be jointly submitted by principal investigators at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).

The Israeli colleague(s) must be identified in the proposal.

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 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
- Are likely to be sustainable beyond the grant period

Student Involvement:
Applicants are encouraged to involve MIT undergraduate and graduate students in their projects. MIT students participating in projects will be expected to attend country-specific training through MISTI. MIT students wishing to conduct longer-term research abroad in conjunction with (or independent of) a GSF project are encouraged to apply for the MISTI internship program.

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

Travel expense guidelines:
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 instance, if the maximum per diem rate for Paris is $454, you may request up to $340 per day for a trip to Paris, plus economy-class airfare. For travel to MIT, applicants are eligible for up to $250 per day in expenses, plus economy-class airfare.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173849

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 2019 through August 2020.

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).

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 us 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.

* An exception: MIT-Italy Seed Funds may be used to cover long-term stays at MIT and the MIT Visiting Student fees.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is September 17, 2018. Applicants will be informed of the results in mid December 2018.

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

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

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Contact Information:

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

Online application:

At MIT, please contact:
David Dolev, Assistant Director
(617) 324 5581

At BGU, please contact:
Prof. Yosi Kost

For any other questions, please email:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts