MISTI's Global Seed Funds program supports MIT's global engagement by promoting collaborations between MIT faculty and researchers and their counterparts abroad.

Program description

MISTI GSF enables participating teams to collaborate with international peers, either at MIT or abroad, with the aim of developing and launching joint research projects.

MISTI GSF is comprised of a general fund and several country, region or university-specific funds created by MISTI country programs.

In addition, MISTI GSF administers a fund created by the MIT Office of the Associate Provost for International Activities: the MIT-Imperial College London Seed Fund, a jointly funded initiative with Imperial College London.

All funds adhere to the general GSF guidelines and eligibility criteria. View the complete list of available funds.

Most funds provide a maximum of $30,000 per proposal. Since 2008, the program has awarded $17.7 million to 841 faculty research projects.

Proposals must be jointly submitted by the MIT and international applicants. Applicants are encouraged to involve MIT undergraduate and graduate students.

Grantees are selected through a two-tier process.

  1. An evaluation committee first reviews the proposals for scientific accuracy. This committee is comprised of MIT faculty who review proposals in their own fields of research.  
  2. Taking this review into consideration, a selection board for each fund selects proposals based on the overall quality of the proposal and priorities of the fund. The selection boards are comprised of faculty from across MIT.

Over 100 MIT faculty members participate in this review process each year. The process is overseen by the GSF Advisory Committee.

Application process and deadline

Applicants must submit their proposals using the online application portal

Due to COVID-19, the GSF application cycle has shifted to the fall and will open in September. The deadline will be in mid-December. Applicants will be informed of the results in mid-April. Funds will be available for use from May 2021 through December 2022.


Grantees are required to complete a short activity report at the end of the grant period. At the completion of the grant cycle, all unused funds will be returned to MISTI Global Seed Funds.