Through an annual call for proposals, MIT-Italy seed funds primarily support travel costs for exchange between a team at MIT and colleagues in universities and research institutes in Italy.

MIT-Italy offers four institute-specific seed funds.

For all funds, 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 the MIT student 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 - Italy MIT-UNIPI Seed Fund

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.

MIT - Italy 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.

MIT - Italy Roberto Rocca Project

The Roberto Rocca Project supports new collaborations between MIT faculty and research scientists at MIT and their Polimi counterparts.

Priority funding is given to projects that focus on the novel use of materials, mathematical and physical modeling, propose a balanced exchange between the MIT and Polimi participants and have potential for student involvement.

  • The maximum award is $15,000 (plus 10% MIT overhead).
  • There is a yearly mid-September application deadline - which coincides with the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) Global Seed Funds (GSF) yearly call for proposals.
  • Students visiting MIT for more than 2 weeks in the context of seed fund collaborations are subject to both administrative and term fees amounting to about $6,000 a year and are required to purchase the MIT student health insurance plan.
  • For the precise timeline and the online application form, please check the MISTI GSF site here.  

Important information about visiting students

  • Students visiting MIT for more than 2 weeks in the context of seed funds collaborations are subject to both administrative and term fees amounting to about $6,000 a year and are required to purchase the MIT student health insurance plan.
  • Obtaining the required visiting status and the J-1 visa is time consuming (over two months) and the process must be initiated by the hosting faculty and department. Go here for more information.

MIT - Italy MIT-FVG (Friuli Venezia Giulia) Seed Fund

The MIT-FVG Project supports collaborations between MIT faculty and research scientists at MIT and their counterparts at the Universita’ di Udine, Trieste and SISSA. It was launched in 2017 with funding provided by the Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia.

  • The maximum award is $25,000.

Applications must be jointly submitted by an MIT PI and a PI from one of our Italian partner universities: Universita’ di Pisa, Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino, Universita’ di Udine, Universita’ di Trieste or SISSA, also in Trieste. 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.

The MIT-Italy seed funds are part of MISTI Global Seed Funds. All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application and evaluation procedures apply.