Seed funds for Germany promote cutting-edge research collaborations and help to deepen partnerships between MIT faculty and researchers and their German counterparts.

The 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. The maximum award is $25,000.

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

This year, special priority will be given to proposals that address Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning and Autonomy & Robotics:

  • Machine Learning & Deep Learning
    • Unsupervised machine learning
    • Reinforcement machine learning
    • Effects of data sparsity in machine learning and deep learning
  • Autonomy & Robotics
    • Human-machine teams and cognitive systems
    • Autonomous perception
    • Coordinated autonomous robot systems

The MIT-Germany Lockheed Martin Seed Fund is a part of MISTI Global Seed Funds. All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application and evaluation procedures apply.

Priority will 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 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. The maximum award is $25,000.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • propose a balanced exchange between MIT and University of Stuttgart participants
  • have at least one Junior Researcher as a principal investigator
  • include young graduate students (early-stage PhD & Masters) to enhance their international outreach
  • demonstrate complementarity between the teams
  • open to all disciplines

The MIT-Germany - University of Stuttgart Seed Fund is a part of MISTI Global Seed Funds. All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application and evaluation procedures apply.

MIT-Germany FAU Seed Fund

Launched in 2018, the fund provides faculty and research scientists at MIT and the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) the opportunity to jointly apply for seed grants. The maximum award is $35,000.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • propose a balanced exchange between MIT and FAU participants
  • involve undergraduate and graduate students
  • open to all disciplines
  • demonstrate complementarity between the teams

The MIT-Germany FAU Seed Fund is a part of MISTI Global Seed Funds. All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application and evaluation procedures apply.

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. The maximum award is $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

The MIT-Germany - University of Regensburg Seed Fund is a part of MISTI Global Seed Funds. All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application and evaluation procedures apply.