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Israel Seed Funds

Grants to Massachusetts and Israel University
Faculty for Collaborative Scientific Research

GrantWatch ID#: 173849
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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

09/18/17

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Grants of up to $30,000 to Massachusetts and Israel faculty members or staff at designated universities for scientific research projects. Consideration will be given to applications in any discipline. Applications must be jointly submitted by principal investigators at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).

MIT-Israel Seed Fund:

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

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

The MIT-Israel – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Seed Fund supports new collaborations between faculty and research scientists at MIT and their counterparts at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Through an annual call for proposals, the fund primarily supports travel costs for exchange between a team at MIT and colleagues at Ben-Gurion University. 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

Selection Criteria:

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

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.

Use of Funds:

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.

-MIT-Israel Seed Fund: The maximum award is $30,000.

-The MIT-Israel - Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Seed Fund: Applications for up to $15,000 are recommended, maximum award is $30,000.

Funds will be available for use from January 2018 through August 2019.

All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application and evaluation procedures apply.

GSF is open to all MIT faculty members and research staff with principal investigator privileges (principal research scientists and senior research scientists).

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.

Fund Use:
-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.

The 2017-2018 GSF grant cycle closed September 18, 2017. Applicants will be informed of the results in mid December 2017.

Overview:
http://misti.mit.edu/faculty-funds/overview

Guidelines and Eligibility:
http://misti.mit.edu/faculty-funds/guidelines-eligibility

FAQ:
http://misti.mit.edu/faculty-funds/frequently-asked-questions

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

Apply Online:
https://mistigsf.fluidreview.com/

At MIT, you may contact:

David Dolev, Assistant Director
(617) 324 5581
ddolev@mit.edu

At BGU, you may contact:

Prof. Yosi Kost
kost@bgu.ac.il

If you have questions about the online application, email: misti-gsf@mit.edu

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