MIT and Imperial College London share a commitment to tackling the world’s great challenges.

The MIT-Imperial College London Seed Fund promotes and supports early-stage collaboration between faculty at MIT and Imperial College London. The fund was created through a partnership between the MIT Office of the Associate Provost for International Activities and Imperial College London.

Through an annual call for proposals, the fund primarily supports travel costs for exchange between teams at MIT and Imperial College London. Grants will range between $30,000 and $50,000 for an eighteen-month project period. Both the Imperial and MIT teams have access to the online application portal, and either may take the lead in completing the application. Both teams must be identified in the proposal.

Grant awards will be evenly divided between the teams at MIT and Imperial College London. For instance, a $30,000 proposed budget should include approximately $15,000 for the MIT team to travel to London and/or conduct meetings and workshops; and approximately $15,000 for the Imperial College London team to travel to Cambridge and/or conduct meetings and workshops. Funds awarded to the MIT team will be administered by the team at MIT; funds awarded to the Imperial College London team will be administered by the team at Imperial College London.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • present a balanced exchange between the participants
  • demonstrate complementarity between the teams
  • involve undergraduate and graduate students

The MIT-Imperial College London Seed Fund is administered by MISTI Global Seed Funds. All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application and evaluation procedures apply.