Through an annual call for proposals, the funds primarily support travel costs for exchange between a team at MIT and colleagues in universities and research institutes in Italy.

The Italian colleague(s) must be identified in the proposal.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • propose a balanced exchange between the MIT and Italian participants
  • involve students in the project
     

MIT-UNIPI Project

The MIT-UNIPI Project supports budding research collaborations between MIT faculty and research scientists and their counterparts at Universita di Pisa.

  • Priority funding is given to projects that are in energy, information and communication technologies, and life sciences.
  • The maximum award is $23,000.
  • The application deadline for the UNIPI seed fund is September 23, 2013.
     

MITOR Project

The MITOR Project supports budding research collaborations between MIT faculty and research scientists and their counterparts at Politecnico di Torino (POLITO). 

  • Priority funding is given to projects in nanomaterials, life sciences, smart cities and smart energy.
  • The maximum award is $20,000.
  • The application deadline for the MITOR seed fund is September 23, 2013 and rolling afterward.
     

Roberto Rocca Project

The Roberto Rocca Project supports budding research collaborations between MIT faculty and research scientists at MIT and their counterparts at Politecnico di Milano.

  • Priority funding is given to projects that focus on the novel use of materials, and mathematical and physical modeling.
  • The maximum award is $15,000.
  • The application deadline for the Progetto Rocca seed fund is September 23, 2013 and rolling afterward.

Applications must be jointly submitted by an MIT and a UNIPI, POLITO or POLIMI PI's. Only tenure-track faculty qualify as PI's Proposals must be submitted electronically. Collaborations are expected to begin soon after the funding decision is announced.