The MIT Global Partnerships Fund promotes and supports early-stage collaboration between faculty and researchers at MIT and in Africa.

An outcome of the A Global Strategy for MIT report, the MIT Global Partnerships Fund helps enable the creation of new region-specific platforms for cultivating, facilitating, and coordinating faculty and Institute-level collaborations in targeted countries and regions. The fund will allow MIT to engage with Africa and other regions and areas where it has been less active, develop stronger collaborations with peer institutions, and explore opportunities for collaboration in education and innovation/entrepreneurship as well as research.

Through an annual call for proposals, the MIT Global Partnerships Fund supports travel and meeting costs for exchange between teams at MIT and in universities and nonprofit research in Africa. The African colleague(s) must be identified in the proposal. The maximum award is $30,000 for an 18-month project period.

Priority will be given to projects that:

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

An initiative of the MIT Office of the Associate Provost for International Activities, the MIT Global Partnerships Fund is administered through MISTI Global Seed Funds and the MIT-Africa Initiative. All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application and evaluation procedures apply.