How can I use my grant?

Funds can only be used for travel and meeting costs to facilitate international projects and collaboration.

Contact the MIT Travel Office with questions regarding travel policies and procedures

GSF grants cover economy-class airfare (not first-class or business, non-U.S. air carriers are permitted).

Awards only cover up to 75% of the US Department of State maximum per diem rate for the proposed travel abroad

Receiving and managing your funds

In most cases, the entire amount of each grant will be transferred to an account at MIT for the MIT applicant and his or her department to manage directly. All grant-related allowable expenses should be covered directly by this account, including travel to MIT by the international colleague(s). In the case of the MIT-Imperial College London Seed Fund, only the MIT team's portion of the grant will be managed at MIT; the portion allocated to the team from Imperial College London will be managed there.

Grantees are required to complete a final report at the end of the grant period. Please submit via this form.

Travel guidelines

Due to COVID-19, the International Travel Risk policy is not currently in effect.  Please carefully review the Institute’s COVID-19 Travel and Visitor Policy for information on global restrictions.

GSF grantees are responsible for managing all aspects of their travel. Faculty traveling abroad need to be in touch with MISTI managers about travel guidelines for themselves and their students.

MIT strongly urges ALL MIT travelers to fully understand the risks and to not travel to Extreme and High Travel Warning countries or regions. This includes places where MIT’s Travel Insurance coverage is unavailable.

It is often preferable for the international team to cover its expenses related to visiting MIT out-of-pocket and be reimbursed via a trip report in Concur at the end of the trip. If this is not possible, MISTI recommends that MIT grantees pay for the collaborators' airfare, housing and meals with their own MIT travel or department card. When the trip is complete, close out the transactions in Concur.

Awards may cover up to 75% of the US Department of State maximum per diem rate for the proposed travel abroad plus a reasonable estimate of the economy-class airfare. For instance, if the maximum per diem rate for Paris is $454, you may request up to $340 per day for a trip to Paris, plus economy-class airfare. For travel to MIT, applicants are eligible for up to $250 per day in expenses, plus economy-class airfare.

For more detailed information, please consult the MIT Travel Staff for policies and procedures pertaining to the use of travel cards and Concur expense reports. Also, the MIT Housing Office is an excellent resource for temporary accommodations near MIT.

Use of funds

  • Funding can only be used to cover travel and meeting costs to facilitate international projects and collaboration.
  • Funds cannot be used to cover salaries or materials.
  • Funds cannot be used for long-term stays (over two months) abroad or at MIT.* However, MISTI may be able to send MIT undergraduate and graduate students to work on faculty-led projects abroad through our internship programContact us to learn more.
  • Funds may not be used to cover MIT Visiting Student fees.*
  • Funds will be made available to the MIT applicant and must be administered by his or her department.**

 *An exception: MIT-Italy Seed Funds may be used to cover long-term stays at MIT and the MIT Visiting Student fees.

**An exception: For the MIT-Imperial College London Seed Fund, funds awarded to the Imperial College London applicant will be administered by Imperial College London.

Reimbursements in international funds

To reimburse a visitor to MIT for out-of-pocket expenses, create a new Travel Report in the Concur system.  Print out the cover sheet of the Concur Travel Report, attach it to the wire instructions form and send to the Travel Office at NE49-4037. More info here.

Visiting faculty and students procedures

All arrangements for visiting faculty and students must be made by the grantee's department. Please see Application Information for visiting Faculty Status for details.

For information on how to host visiting faculty, consult the MIT International Scholars Office (ISchO).

For information on the MIT Visiting Student procedure, consult the MIT International Students Office.

Additional visiting student information

Covid-19 guidelines for visitors

Grantee report

Grantees are required to complete a final report at the end of the grant period.

Funds are intended to be used during the initial phase of developing an international collaboration. Funds are not considered as sponsored research and cannot cover salaries or materials. As such, no intellectual property should be derived from these funds, nor should they be cited in technology disclosure forms.