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MIT-Chile - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Seed Fund

The Pontificia Universidad Católica is one of Chile's oldest universities and one of the most recognized educational institutions in Latin America. The MIT-Chile - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Seed Fund supports new collaborations between faculty and research scientists at MIT and their counterparts at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Through an annual call for proposals, the fund primarily supports travel costs for exchange between a team at MIT and colleagues in Chile. The Chilean 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 Chilean participants
  • demonstrate complementarity between the MIT and Chilean teams

All available funds will be earmarked for projects with an engineering component.

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MIT-Chile - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC) Graduate Student Seed Fund

PLEASE NOTE: THE APPLICATION FOR THIS FUND IS THROUGH GOOGLE FORMS HERE. CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF THE APPLICATION QUESTIONS. 

The MIT-Chile program, together with the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Vice-Rectory for Research, has established MISTI's first Graduate Student Seed Fund. This unique Seed Fund aims to further develop long-lasting professional relationships between students of the two universities across all disciplines, encouraging the development of their transferable skills to working independently and in teams on activities that benefit other students, promoting exchange and networking with the aim to give students a global view about problem solving, group work, study methodologies and interdisciplinarity.

MIT and UC graduate students will develop a joint project on a specific topic, ability or problem. Each awarded team will receive financial support to meet once at MIT and once at UC, organize a seminar, conference, research seminar or appropriate training activities, besides a public open event in each University. Each team will be supported by an MIT and a UC faculty member who will oversee and provide guidance on project activities. Priority will also be given to teams that integrate disciplines, global sciences and societal challenges.

The maximum award is $20,000. 

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY (NOTE: THE APPLICATION FOR THIS FUND IS THROUGH GOOGLE FORMS HERE)

  • All participants should be enrolled in MIT or UC graduate studies at the time of application.
  • Each MIT and UC team shall be composed of at least three graduate students, including one leading doctoral student from each university.
  • The MIT team should include no more than one member of Chilean nationality.
  • Each team must provide a letter of support from a local faculty advisor who will oversee the project. 

SELECTION CRITERIA 

Projects will be reviewed and selected by a panel of MIT and UC faculty knowledgeable about the project fields. Each project will be reviewed according to the following criteria with equal weighting:

  • Innovation and excellence of the proposed methodology and/or project field
  • Interdisciplinary nature of the project and graduate teams
  • Complementarity and balanced participation of the MIT and UC teams
  • Linking with the theses and/or course work of the involved students

EXPECTED RESULTS

It is expected that the projects yield tangible results such as: project sustainability through external grants, conference panel participation, prototypes, creative products, entrepreneurial and innovative projects/actions, application of new methodologies to thesis work, etc. Furthermore, the team should lead the organization of an open public event in each university during the respective visits.

USE OF FUNDS

Awardees will have eighteen (24 with extension) months to complete their project and shall submit a progress report after nine months. Recipients shall submit a final report to the MIT-Chile program and the UC Vice-Rectory of Research at the end of an eighteen-month grant period.

  • Funds can only be used to cover costs of travel and workshops that facilitate international projects and collaboration.
  • Funds cannot be used to cover salaries or materials.
  • Funds will be made available to the MIT applicant and must be administered by his or her home department.

​MIT-Chile - Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez Seed Fund

The Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez's mission is to help expand the frontiers of knowledge through high-level research, and transfer this knowledge to the benefit of society. The MIT-Chile - Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez Seed Fund supports new collaborations between faculty and research scientists at MIT and their counterparts at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Chile for projects in design, innovation and technology.

Through an annual call for proposals, the fund primarily supports travel costs for exchange between a team at MIT and colleagues in Chile. The Chilean 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 Chilean participants
  • demonstrate complementarity between the MIT and Chilean teams

The MIT-Chile Seed Funds are a part of MISTI Global Seed Funds. All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application and evaluation procedures apply.