MIT-Africa seed funds support new collaborations between faculty and research scientists at MIT and their counterparts in Africa and are open to applications from all disciplines.

MIT Global Partnerships Fund: Africa

MIT’s Global Strategy envisions the creation of new region-specific platforms for cultivating, facilitating, and coordinating faculty and Institute-level collaborations in targeted countries and regions.

A part of this vision, the MIT Global Partnerships Fund supports research and collaborations between MIT faculty and their counterparts abroad with a focus on particular countries or regions. In 2018-19, the MIT Global Partnerships Fund will fund projects in Africa, Latin America, India and Korea.

Through an annual call for proposals, the fund primarily supports travel costs for exchange between a team at MIT and colleagues abroad. The international colleague(s) must be identified in the proposal. The maximum award is $30,000 for an 18-month project period.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • propose a balanced exchange between the MIT and international participants
  • demonstrate complementarity between the MIT and international teams
  • include MIT undergraduate and graduate students (MIT students cannot travel to some countries due to safety concerns. In planning student participation in your Seed Fund project, please review the MIT International Travel Risk Policy and country warning level list.)

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

MIT-Africa - Imperial College London Seed Fund

MIT and Imperial College London share a commitment to working with partners in Africa to address common challenges. The MIT-Africa - Imperial College London Seed Fund promotes early-stage collaboration between faculty and researchers at MIT, Imperial College London and institutions in Africa.

The funding may be used to support travel costs for exchange between the three teams: one at MIT, one at Imperial College London, and one at a university or non-profit research institution in Africa.

Grants will range between $30,000 and $50,000 for an eighteen-month project period. All three teams have access to the online application portal, and any of the teams may take the lead in completing the application. All three teams must be identified in the proposal.

Grant awards will be evenly divided between and managed by the teams at MIT and Imperial College London to enable travel between the three locations. For instance, a $40,000 proposed budget should include:

1. Approximately $20,000 to be managed by the MIT team for:

  • the MIT team to travel to London or Africa and/or
  • the Africa team to travel to MIT and/or
  • workshops and meetings conducted at MIT

2. Approximately $20,000 to be managed by the Imperial College London team for

  • the ICL team to travel to Cambridge, MA or Africa and/or
  • the Africa team to travel to ICL and/or
  • workshops and meetings conducted at ICL

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • present a balanced exchange between the participants
  • demonstrate complementarity between the teams
  • involve undergraduate and graduate students

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