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

Through an annual call for proposals, MIT-Italy seed funds primarily support travel costs for exchange between MIT faculty  and colleagues at partner universities and research institutes in Italy.  

In all cases, applications must be jointly submitted by an MIT PI and a PI from one of our Italian partner universities: Universita’ di Pisa, Politecnico di Milano,  Universita’ di Udine, Universita’ di Trieste, and SISSA, also in Trieste.

For all funds:

  • The Italian collaborator(s) must be identified in the proposal.
  • Only tenure-track faculty qualify as PI's. 
  • Proposals must be submitted electronically
  • Awards will be announced mid-December

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Propose a balanced exchange between the MIT and Italian participants
  • Collaborations are expected to begin soon after the funding decision is announced.
  • Demonstrate complementarity between the teams
  • Involve undergraduate and graduate students

Important information about visiting students

  • Graduate students who are enrolled full time at their home institution and who have been invited by an MIT department or laboratory to do research in their field of studies, must apply for Visiting Student status if staying at MIT for more than  3 weeks
  • Visiting students are subject to both administrative and term fees amounting to about $5,500 a year, are required to purchase the MIT student health insurance plan
  • Obtaining the visiting status and the J-1 visa requires time (over two months) and the process must be initiated  and managed by the hosting faculty and department
  • Students need to prove they have the required financial support to obtain the visa.

MIT - Italy MIT-UNIPI Seed Fund

The MIT-UNIPI Project supports new 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.

MIT - Italy Roberto Rocca Project

The Roberto Rocca Project supports new collaborations between MIT faculty and research scientists and their Polimi counterparts.

Priority funding is given to projects that focus on the novel use of materials, mathematical and physical modeling, propose a balanced exchange between the MIT and Polimi participants and have potential for student involvement and sustainable collaborations.

  • The maximum award is $15,000 (plus 10% MIT overhead).
  • The yearly mid-September application deadline coincides with the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) Global Seed Funds (GSF) yearly call for proposals.
  • Students visiting MIT for more than 2 weeks in the context of seed fund collaborations are subject to both administrative and term fees amounting to about $6,000 a year and are required to purchase the MIT student health insurance plan.
  • For the precise timeline and the online application form, please check the MISTI GSF site here.  

MIT - Italy MIT-FVG (Friuli Venezia Giulia) Seed Fund

The MIT-FVG Project supports collaborations between MIT faculty and research scientists at MIT and their counterparts at the Universita’ di Udine, Trieste and SISSA. It was launched in 2017 with funding provided by the Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia.

  • The maximum award is $25,000.

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