Collaborating Across Boundaries in the Middle East

MIT-Middle East Seed Fund supports new collaborations between faculty and research scientists at MIT and several locations in the Middle East. Proposals are submitted collaboratively by MIT faculty along with faculty from university labs from at least two different countries in the Middle East.

Priority to locations in which MISTI has or is planning student activities: Bahrain; Jordan; Egypt: Israel; Palestine; and the UAE. Opportunities for Faculty Seed Funds in North Africa are available via MIT-Africa Seed Funds.


The GSF application cycle is now closed.

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The deadline for this cycle was December 13, 2022. The next application cycle opens in the fall.

MIT-Middle East Global Seed Fund

Through an annual call for proposals, the fund primarily supports travel costs for exchange between a team at MIT and colleagues in universities in specific locations in the Middle East. The Fund is open to MIT faculty from all disciplines to collaborate with faculty from least two different locations in the Middle East.

There will be an option for international faculty and students to meet at MIT, or in another country in the region. If appropriate, we will also facilitate the opportunity for labs in the Middle East to host MIT students for follow-up research internships.

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


  • Propose a balanced exchange between the MIT and international participants
  • Demonstrate complementarity between the MIT and international teams
  • Engage issues across borders and on a regional scale, including Climate & Sustainability (including food and agriculture), Global Health, Artificial Intelligence, and Social Impact and Entrepreneurship. 
  • Foster collaborations between institutions that have not collaborated with one another in the past.

David Dolev

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Manager, Middle East Seed Fund