The GSF application cycle is now open

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Submit your proposal by December 13, 2022.

MIT-Germany Lockheed Martin Seed Fund

Through an annual call for proposals, the fund promotes the exchange between faculty and students at MIT and at universities and public research institutions in Germany.

Proposals will fit within Lockheed Martin’s Global Strategy to promote international, collaborative research focused on but not limited to:

  • Autonomy and Robotics
  • Sensor Technology and Exploitation
  • Signal Processing and Communications
  • Data Analytics
  • Materials and Manufacturing
  • Advanced Electronics
  • Human Systems Training
  • Energy and Power

 All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application, and evaluation procedures apply.

$25,000

This year, special priority will be given to proposals that address advanced materials and manufacturing, such as:

  • Advanced manufacturing and materials
  • Quantum information science (QIS)
    • Quantum computing
    • Quantum sensing
    • Quantum communications and cryptography
  • Sensor technologies (optical, acoustic, radar)
  • Information and communication technologies (ICT)
    • Heterogeneous communication networks
    • Application of software defined radios and cognitive radios
  • Autonomous systems and robotics
    • Human-machine and machine-machine interaction
    • UAVs (micro to mini) and UGVs
    • Integration of components
    • Swarming
    • Efficient use of energy
  • Simulation and data science
    • Data fusion
    • Big data applications
    • Application of AI
    • High-performance computing

Priority will also be given to projects that:

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

MIT-Germany University of Regensburg Seed Fund

This fund is part of the renewed MIT-Germany and University of Regensburg partnership and provides faculty and research scientists at both institutions the opportunity to jointly apply for seed grants. 

 All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application, and evaluation procedures apply.

$27,500

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • propose a balanced exchange between MIT and University of Regensburg participants
  • involve undergraduate and graduate students
  • open to all disciplines with a priority for humanities
  • demonstrate complementarity between the teams

MIT-Germany - University of Stuttgart Seed Fund

Launched as an initiative in 2015 through the MIT-Germany - University of Stuttgart cooperation, the fund provides faculty and research scientists at MIT and the University of Stuttgart the opportunity to jointly apply for seed grants.

With the generous support of the multinational company ZF Friedrichshafen AG, one Seed Fund award this year will be dedicated to the broad topic area of “New Technologies for Future Mobility.” This topic can include – but is by no means limited to! – the following:

  • AI Algorithms for On-road and Off-road Vehicles
  • Human Behavior Models and Safety Systems
  • Smart Sensor Nodes in Automotive Applications
  • Diamond Semiconductors

Similarly, with the generous support of the multinational company Advantest, one Seed Fund award this year will be dedicated to the broad topic area of “Data Analytics for Semiconductors.” This topic can include – but is by no means limited to! – the following:

  • Semiconductor Production in the Age of Industry 4.0 / Internet of Things
  • Reuse of Information between Test Stages (Feed Forward, Feed Backward)
  • Data-driven Semiconductor Test Optimization
  • Process-aware Statistical Data Modelling & Cleansing


All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application, and evaluation procedures apply.

$25,000

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • propose a balanced exchange between MIT and University of Stuttgart participants
  • demonstrate complementarity between the teams

Justin Leahey

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Managing Director, Germany Seed Funds