The MIT-Korea - KAIST Seed Fund supports new collaborations between faculty and research scientists at MIT and their counterparts at KAIST.

Through an annual call for proposals, the fund primarily supports travel costs for exchange between a team at MIT and colleagues at KAIST. The Korean colleague(s) must be identified in the proposal. The maximum award is $30,000.

Priority will be given to projects that:    

  • propose a balanced exchange between the MIT and Korean participants
  • demonstrate complementarity between the MIT and Korean teams
  • include student participation


The MIT-Korea - KAIST Seed Fund was active in 2015 and 2016. It has yet to be determined if it will be active in the 2017-18 application cycle.

If you are interested in collaborating with Korea, please apply to the MISTI Global Seed Funds general fund. All MISTI GSF general fund criteria, application and evaluation procedures apply.