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

MIT-Brazil Lemann Seed Fund for Collaborative Projects

Launched in 2015 with support from the Lemann Foundation the fund primarily supports travel costs for exchange between a team at MIT and colleagues in universities in Brazil and seeks to advance MIT’s outreach efforts through connections with Brazilian foundations, companies, universities and research institutions. Projects should be focused on education in Brazil, including education policy, educational technology, educational reform, and entrepreneurship and innovation in education. The Brazilian colleague(s) must be identified in the proposal.  Proposals should include a narrative and budget.

The maximum award is $30,000.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • propose a balanced exchange between MIT and Brazil participants
  • involve students in the project
  • Open to all disciplines. Projects that are focused on other areas of research collaboration but that include an educational component may be eligible for partial funding.

MIT-Brazil TVML Seed Fund for projects with Insper and Hospital Albert Einstein 

The MIT-Brazil TVML Seed Fund promotes and supports early-stage collaboration between MIT, Insper and Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in São Paulo, Brazil.

Through an annual call for proposals, the fund primarily supports travel costs for exchange between teams at MIT, Insper and Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein. The projects can be from any discipline and should be a collaboration between MIT and Insper teams, or MIT and HIAE teams, or a collaboration among the 3 institutions.

Seed grants will be of up to $25,000 for a twenty-month project period (January 2017-August 2018). The teams in all institutions (MIT, Insper and HIAE) have access to the online application portal, and either may take the lead in completing the application. All teams must be identified in the proposal.

The awards should be divided between the teams at MIT and Insper or HIAE. For instance, a $25,000 proposed budget should include approximately $12,500 for the MIT team to travel to São Paulo and/or conduct meetings and workshops; and approximately $12,500 for the Brazilian team to travel to Cambridge and/or conduct meetings and workshops. Funds awarded will be administered by MIT.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • present a balanced exchange between the participants
  • demonstrate complementarity between the teams
  • involve undergraduate and graduate students
  • lead to master classes, workshops and joint courses.

For all enquiries, including about possible Brazilian collaborators at Einstein and Insper, please write to