Technological research in Brazil is largely carried out in public universities and research institutes, with the majority of funding for basic research coming from various government agencies.

MIT-Brazil Seed Fund - 2014 Call for Proposals

The MIT-Brazil Seed Funds support new collaborations between faculty and research scientists at MIT and their counterparts in Brazil. 

Through an annual call for proposals, the fund primarily supports travel costs for exchange between a team at MIT and colleagues in universities and public research in Brazil. The Brazilian colleague(s) must be identified in the proposal. 

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • propose a balanced exchange between the MIT and Brazilian participants

  • demonstrate complementarity between the MIT and Brazilian teams

  • include student participation

  • Maximum award (with joint funding): $30,000. Funds are available for projects through partnerships with FAPESP and FACEPE.  In past years, approval rates for proposals through these partnerships have been much higher than for proposals to MIT-Brazil alone.

MIT-Brazil-FAPESP joint funding: Projects involving collaboration with Brazilian researchers in the state of São Paulo.

MIT-Brazil-FACEPE joint funding: Projects involving collaboration with Brazilian researchers in the state of Pernambuco.

Please visit these partner institutions' websites (above) for more information. The same budget must be submitted to both partners.