The MIT-Egypt Seed Fund supports new collaborations between faculty and research scientists at MIT and their counterparts in Egypt. The seed fund gives priority to key issues of importance to Egypt: water, energy, climate change and the environment; urban planning; entrepreneurship and innovation; health but is open to applications from all disciplines.

The MIT-Egypt Seed Fund is supported by an Egyptian entrepreneur.  Through an annual call for proposals, the fund primarily supports travel costs for exchange between a team at MIT and colleagues in universities in Egypt. The Egyptian colleague(s) must be identified in the proposal. The maximum award is $30,000.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • are focused on water, energy, climate change and the environment; urban planning; entrepreneurship and innovation; health 
  • propose a balanced exchange between the MIT and Egyptian participants
  • demonstrate complementarity between the MIT and Egyptian teams
  • include student participation

Because of the elevated travel warning level, travel to Egypt by MIT faculty and students as a part of an MIT-Egypt Seed Fund grant may need to be postponed. Alternatively, MIT and Egyptian faculty and students may meet in a third location. Proposals should include a narrative and budget that outlines a plan in case MIT faculty and student travel to Egypt is prohibited at the time the grant is awarded.

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