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 (education related)

MIT-Brazil TVML Foundation Seed Fund with Insper and Hospital Albert Einstein *new*

Guidelines and Eligibility

Timeline 2016-2017


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.


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


Guidelines and Eligibility

General MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application and evaluation procedures apply to all MIT-Brazil Seed Funds. The deadline for applications is September 19, 2016. Applicants will be notified of results in December 2016.


Timeline 2016-2017

Late May 2016  Call for Proposals launched for all MIT-Brazil Seed Funds (first call for the TVML Seed Fund)
September 19 Proposal deadline – the online form can be filled out by the MIT PI or by the Brazilian PI (or by both)
End of October MISTI Ad Hoc Evaluation Committee scores, rankings and comments due
End of November MIT-Brazil Selection Board meet to decide winners; results entered into database
December Email announcement of results to applicants
January     Transfer of funds to MIT’s Principal investigator.

Grantees are required to complete a short activity report at the end of the grant period August 2018 (20 months)