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

Important information about visiting students

  • Visiting students are subject to both administrative and term fees amounting to about 5,000 a year and are required to purchase MIT health insurance plan
  • Obtaining the visiting status and the J-1 visa requires time ( over two months) and the process must be initiated by the hosting faculty and department. Go here for more information.

MIT-UNIPI Project

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.
  • The application deadline for the UNIPI seed fund is September 22, 2014.
     

MITOR Project

The MITOR Project supports new 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.
  • Deadline postponed to October 31, 2014 pending confirmation of funding in September

Roberto Rocca Project

The Roberto Rocca Project supports new 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 22, 2014 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.