The Université catholique de Louvain is Belgium's largest French-speaking university.

Research performed at UCL has led to spin-off firms such as Ion Beam Applications (IBA), a world-wide leader in the field of construction of small cyclotrons for medical and industrial use. Other examples of successful spin-offs are Xylowatt, a company that uses a UCL-developed method to create energy by gasification of waste wood, and Alterface, creator of interactive multimedia systems based on software that reconstructs digital video images.

The MIT-Belgium - Université catholique de Louvain Seed Fund supports new collaborations between faculty and research scientists at MIT and their counterparts at the Université catholique de Louvain. 

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

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • propose a balanced exchange between the MIT and Belgian participants
  • demonstrate complementarity between the MIT and Belgian teams

The MIT-Belgium - Université catholique de Louvain Seed Fund is a part of MISTI Global Seed Funds. All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application and evaluation procedures apply.